See also: Liver
- 1 English
- 1.1 Etymology 1
- 1.2 Etymology 2
- 1.3 Etymology 3
- 1.4 Further reading
- 1.5 Anagrams
- 2 Breton
- 3 Norwegian Nynorsk
- (anatomy) A large organ in the body that stores and metabolizes nutrients, destroys toxins and produces bile. It is responsible for thousands of biochemical reactions.
- Steve Jobs is a famous liver transplant recipient.
- (countable, uncountable) This organ, as taken from animals used as food.
- I'd like some goose liver pate.
- You could fry up some chicken livers for a tasty treat. — Nah, I don't like chicken liver.
- A dark brown colour, tinted with red and gray, like the colour of liver.
- The noun is often used attributively to modify other words. Used in this way, it frequently means "concerning the liver", "intended for the liver" or "made of liver" .
organ of the body
organ as food
liver (not comparable)
- Of the colour of liver (dark brown, tinted with red and gray).
liver (plural livers)
- Someone who lives (usually in a specified way).
- Ephori of Sparta, hearing a dissolute liver propose a very beneficial advise unto the people, commaunded him to hold his peace, and desired an honest man to assume the invention of it unto himselfe and to propound it.
1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069; The Anatomy of Melancholy: What It Is. With All the Kindes, Cavses, Symptomes, Prognosticks, and Seuerall Cvres of It. In Three Maine Partitions, with Their Seuerall Sections, Members, and Svbsections. Philosophically, Medicinally, Historically Opened and Cut Up, by Democritvs Iunior, with a Satyricall Preface, Conducing to the Following Discourse, 2nd corrected and augmented edition, Oxford: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, 1624, OCLC 54573970, (please specify |partition=1, 2, or 3):, II.3.7:
- a wicked liver may be reclaimed, and prove an honest man […].
- Try if life be worth the liver's care.
- For usage examples of this term, see Citations:liver.
- (non-standard since 1917) present tense of