What is guts?
What Does guts Mean
Agalla , from the Latin galla , is a term with multiple uses. It can be the round excrescence that forms in certain trees and shrubs from the bite of some insects and infections caused by microorganisms.
For example: "In the trunk of this oak, we can observe the galls that reveal an insect attack" , "This tree has so many galls that it has lost its original shape" , "The cork oak is characterized by its galls, which along its trunk ” .
Tree galls are extrusions that hang like fruit ; in the case of oaks, in fact, they are called oak apples and originate after the wasps lay their eggs inside their bark. Galls have a high tannic acid value and have long been used in the manufacture of medicines in many parts of the world.
Although all oak galls appear by the action of the so-called gall wasp , they vary in shape, color and size. The larvae of this species force the oak to create substances and cells that generate galls, which in turn are used by the former as a source of food and as a refuge. It is worth mentioning that usually do not pose a danger to the tree although its formation is an act of defense for its part, which explains its high content of astringent compounds ( it is believed that these galls are composed organic plant more astringent planet) .
The medicine Chinese the advantage as a remedy for, for example, hemorrhoids, ulcers and dysentery (infectious disease characterized by bloody diarrhea and bloody stool). In North America, on the other hand, the Indians used them to heal various wounds, burns and sores. Finally, some specialists recommend them to combat gonorrhea, diarrhea and cholera.
Outside of medicinal uses, the tannic acid in galls makes them an ideal source for staining and tanning; Various tribal groups have taken advantage of them to create various types of ornaments and curing, to work leather, ceramics and for making basketry.
Since, in principle, galls arise as a protection by the oak tree against the action of wasps and their larvae, science has also been interested in its use as a natural pesticide. Researchers at the University of Mysore, in India, declared in 2009 that they had observed an effective larvicidal activity in the fight against the species of mosquito that is attributed to the spread of malaria in urbanizations, the anopheles stephensi.
The gills are also the sides of the head of a bird, equivalent to the temples, the gills , or the tonsils : "If the fish is fresh, the gills must be reddish" , "It is a kind of reduced gills and fins short ” , “ This disease attacks the gills of the fish ” .
In colloquial language, the use of the notion of guts is linked to audacity or courage : "You have to have guts to do something similar" , "The judge did not have the guts to answer the victim's father" , " Without guts, the battle is lost ” .
Guts is also the name by which the main protagonist of Courage the Cowardly Dog is known in Spain , an animated series that in Latin America received the name Courage the Cowardly Dog . Galls or Courage is a dog who is always scared, but strives to save his life his own attacks monsters, aliens and other creatures. The series aired between 1999 and 2002 , although its reruns can still be seen.