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  • n. (anatomy) Kidney.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. Nearer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An obsolete speliing of near.
  • n. A kidney.

Etymologies

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From Middle English neere, nere ("kidney"), from Old English *nēora, *nēore ("kidney"), from Proto-Germanic *neurōn, *negwrōn, *negwran (“kidney”), from Proto-Indo-European *negwʰrós (“kidney”). Cognate with Dutch nier ("kidney"), Low German nere ("kidney"), German Niere ("kidney"), Swedish njure ("kidney"), Icelandic nýru ("kidney"), Latin nefrones, nefrendes, nebrundines ("testicles"), Ancient Greek νεφρός (nephrós, "kidney, testicle"). See kidney.

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