from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Anatomy Either one of a pair of organs in the dorsal region of the vertebrate abdominal cavity, functioning to maintain proper water and electrolyte balance, regulate acid-base concentration, and filter the blood of metabolic wastes, which are then excreted as urine.
- noun The kidney of certain animals, eaten as food.
- noun An excretory organ of certain invertebrates.
- noun Temperament; kind.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In min., a concretion shaped like a kidney.
- noun In anatomy, a glandular structure whose function is the purification of the blood by the excretion of urine; one of the renes or reins; a renal organ.
- noun Anything resembling a kidney in shape or otherwise, as a potato.
- noun plural The inmost parts; the reins.
- noun A waiting-servant.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Anat.) A glandular organ which excretes urea and other waste products from the animal body; a urinary gland.
- noun Habit; disposition; sort; kind.
- noun Old Cant A waiter.
- noun See Wandering kidney, under
- noun (Bot.) a sort of bean; -- so named from its shape. It is of the genus Phaseolus (
Phaseolus vulgaris). See under Bean.
- noun (Min.) a variety of hematite or iron sesquioxide, occurring in compact kidney-shaped masses.
- noun (Min.) See
Nephrite, and Jade.
- noun (Bot.) a leguminous herb of Europe and Asia (
Anthyllis vulneraria), with cloverlike heads of red or yellow flowers, once used as a remedy for renal disorders, and also to stop the flow of blood from wounds; lady's-fingers.
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- noun An
organin the body that filters the blood, producing urine.
- noun This organ (of an animal) cooked as
- noun figuratively
constitution, temperament, nature
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun either of two bean-shaped excretory organs that filter wastes (especially urea) from the blood and excrete them and water in urine
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[Middle English kidenei.]
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From Middle English kednei, kidenei, from earlier kidnēre, kidenēre ("kidney"). Of uncertain origin. Probably a compound consisting of Middle English *kid-, *quid- ("belly, womb"), from Old English cwiþ, cwiþa ("belly, womb, stomach") + Middle English nēre ("kidney"), from Old English *nēore ("kidney"), from Proto-Germanic *neurô (“kidney”), from Proto-Indo-European *negʷh-r- (“kidney”). If so, then related to Dutch nier ("kidney"), German Niere ("kidney"), Danish nyre ("kidney"), Swedish njure ("kidney").
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