Etymology
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cartilage (n.)

"gristle; firm, elastic animal tissue," early 15c., from Old French cartilage and directly from Latin cartilaginem (nominative cartilago) "cartilage, gristle," which is possibly related to cratis "wickerwork" (see hurdle (n.)).

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Definitions of cartilage

cartilage (n.)
tough elastic tissue; mostly converted to bone in adults;
Synonyms: gristle
From wordnet.princeton.edu