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From Biology-Online Dictionary | Biology-Online Dictionary
1. A channel at the eaves of a roof for conveying away the rain; an eaves channel; an eaves trough.
2. A small channel at the roadside or elsewhere, to lead off surface water. Gutters running with ale. (Macaulay)
3. Any narrow channel or groove; as, a gutter formed by erosion in the vent of a gun from repeated firing. Gutter member, one of the pieces of furniture which separate pages in a form.
Origin: oe. Gotere, OF. Goutiere, f. Gouttiere, fr. OF. Gote, goute, drop, f. Goutte, fr. L. Gutta.