Middle English Dictionary Entry

gorǧe n.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

(a) Gullet, esophagus, throat; to the ~, up to the neck; (b) the front part of the neck, throat [see also coupe ~]; (c) the crop of a bird; ~ worm a noxious worm that gets into a hawk's crop.
(a) Hawk. The contents of a hawk's crop, a meal for a hawk; casten ~, to vomit; (b) one's fill of wine or the like; ~ upon ~, one drinking bout after another; (c) veter. morbid swelling of a horse's leg, edema.

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Note: For sense 2.(c), see OED gorge n.1, sense 8., exemplified by a single quotation: "1610 G. Markham Maister-peece ii. cx. 391: ' The gorge or gourded legges, is .. a grieuous swelling in the neather part of the legges.'" As this example suggests, the condition appears to be equivalent to 'gourded leg'; see OED s.v. gourded adj. and gourdiness n. (the latter s.v. gourdy adj.) M. Laing, "John Whittokesmede as Parliamentarian and Horse Owner in Yale University Library Beinecke MS 163," SELIM : Revista de la Sociedad Española de Lengua y Literatura Inglesa Medieval 17 (2010), p. 48: "This condition may perhaps be cellulitis."