• WordNet 3.6
    • adj liver having a reddish-brown color
    • n liver large and complicated reddish-brown glandular organ located in the upper right portion of the abdominal cavity; secretes bile and functions in metabolism of protein and carbohydrate and fat; synthesizes substances involved in the clotting of the blood; synthesizes vitamin A; detoxifies poisonous substances and breaks down worn-out erythrocytes
    • n liver liver of an animal used as meat
    • n liver someone who lives in a place "a liver in cities"
    • n liver a person who has a special life style "a high liver"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Roman emperors ate flamingo tongues which were considered a delicacy. Also parrotfish livers, and pheasant brains were feasted on
    • Liver A resident; a dweller; as, a liver in Brooklyn.
    • n Liver (Anat) A very large glandular and vascular organ in the visceral cavity of all vertebrates.☞ Most of the venous blood from the alimentary canal passes through it on its way back to the heart; and it secretes the bile, produces glycogen, and in other ways changes the blood which passes through it. In man it is situated immediately beneath the diaphragm and mainly on the right side. See Bile Digestive, and Glycogen. The liver of invertebrate animals is usually made up of cæcal tubes, and differs materially, in form and function, from that of vertebrates.
    • Liver One who, or that which, lives. "And try if life be worth the liver's care."
    • Liver One whose course of life has some marked characteristic (expressed by an adjective); as, a free liver .
    • n Liver lĭv"ẽr (Zoöl) The glossy ibis (Ibis falcinellus); -- said to have given its name to the city of Liverpool.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Bile produced by the liver is responsible for making your feces a brownish, green colour
    • n Liver liv′ėr the largest gland in the body, which secretes the bile
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  • Horace
    “My liver swells with bile difficult to repress.”
  • Percival Arland Ussher
    Percival Arland Ussher
    “A man does not die of love or his liver or even of old age; he dies of being a man.”
  • J. M. Synge
    J. M. Synge
    “Lord, confound this surly sister, blight her brow with blotch and blister, cramp her larynx, lung and liver, in her guts a galling give her.”
  • Maya Angelou
    “Life loves the liver of it.”
  • William James
    “Is life worth living? It all depends on the liver.”


Lily-livered - Someone who is lily-livered is a coward.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. lifer,; akin to D. liver, G. leber, OHG. lebara, Icel. lifr, Sw. lefver, and perh. to Gr. fat, E. live, v
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. lifer; Ger. leber, Ice. lifr.


In literature:

Thomson, forgetting about his liver, drove a beauty.
"Once a Week" by Alan Alexander Milne
Then dip liver in the flour and fry until brown on both sides.
"The Community Cook Book" by Anonymous
In frying these are often united to liver or veal cutlets.
"The Italian Cook Book" by Maria Gentile
An eagle perpetually gnaws his liver, which is as often renewed.
"Christianity As A Mystical Fact" by Rudolf Steiner
The liver was the lever of the higher life.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 85, November, 1864" by Various
It openeth also the stoppage of the liver spleene and milt, and of the inwarde parts.
"An Account of the Foxglove and some of its Medical Uses" by William Withering
You know, Pa he wears a liver-pad.
"Peck's Bad Boy and His Pa 1883" by George W. Peck
Why, one of them met a respectable church member the other night, and asked him how his liver complaint was.
"Peck's Sunshine Being a Collection of Articles Written for Peck's Sun, Milwaukee, Wis. - 1882" by George W. Peck
Then abdomen, liver, stomach and bowels, and all organs with resisting power of diaphragm.
"Philosophy of Osteopathy" by Andrew T. Still
We'll get them a little cottage off somewhere beyond the odor of onions, and they can revel in liver and pipes to their hearts' content.
"Eve to the Rescue" by Ethel Hueston

In poetry:

I'm all of a shiver,
Heart, lungs and liver!
When I think of that old
"Saarchinkold!" by Clara Doty Bates
Now I turn from the heart that ever
Will moan for the clay behind;
When the soul is such glorious liver
In the boundless realms of mind.
"He Came From A Land" by Alexander Anderson
"I remember when we was married
His liver was lively and gay,
A kickin’ an’ rippin’ an’ givin’
Dear Ezry new pains ev’ry day;
"A Pastoral" by Ellis Parker Butler
Wow! Wow! But it sure makes you shiver—
A man wouldn't really suppose
It would chill him plum into the liver,
The minute he takes off his clothes.
"The Midwinter Bath" by Bruce Kiskaddon
'Tis the wild stream of hell! oh it burneth the soul,
It scatheth, and blighteth, and killeth the whole;
Yet, a Vulture, it gnaweth the quivering liver,
Forever consuming, but satiate never.
"The Water" by James Avis Bartley
There sat the herd, he sat in thought;
To ne'er a question he answer'd aught.
Svend gave him a stroke, a stroke so sore,
That his lung and his liver came out before.
Look out, look out, Svend Vonved.
"Svend Vonved" by George Borrow

In news:

Downsides may outweigh benefits for those with alcoholic liver damage.
Study questions value of liver cancer screening.
Robin Gibb Has More Surgery for Liver Cancer .
Founding Bee Gees member Robin Gibb recently had further surgery for his ongoing bout with liver cancer , Reuters reports.
Robin Gibb Recovering from Liver Cancer .
Amina Arele, 66, shown here with family members, had a liver transplant a few days ago.
Bee Gee Robin Gibb says he's recovering, doesn't address liver cancer rumors.
A genetically engineered smallpox vaccine improved the survival of liver cancer patients participating in a phase II clinical trial.
"Smokin'" Joe Frazier, a bruising boxer who was the first fighter to defeat Muhammad Ali and held the heavyweight crown for five years, has died after a fight with liver cancer .
Former heavyweight champion has liver cancer .
Former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier is seriously ill with liver cancer .
Advanced liver cancer usually can't be cured.
Mongolia's struggle with liver cancer .
FDA Approves Treatment System for Uterine Fibroids, Liver Cancer .
The National Zoo's six-day old baby panda died from underdeveloped lungs and liver disease , zoo officials said Thursday.

In science:

The Use of a Zwitterionic Detergent in Two-Dimensional Gel-Electrophoresis of Trout Liver-Microsomes.
Variations on a theme: Changes to electrophoretic separations that can make a difference
Fig. 4 (upper left) shows a microscope image of liver cells with stained DNA.
Modelling Distributed Shape Priors by Gibbs Random Fields of Second Order
BA pool is reduced, if liver possibilities on BA generation are limited.
Model of pathogenesis of psoriasis. Part 1. Systemic psoriatic process
Additionally it depends on porto-caval shunts (portal blood entry in systemic blood flow, i.e. not through liver) and activity of antiendotoxic immunity (Iakovlev 2003). (See Appendix 8.
Model of pathogenesis of psoriasis. Part 1. Systemic psoriatic process
It is well known that liver diseases aggravate psoriasis and make its treatment more complicated.
Model of pathogenesis of psoriasis. Part 1. Systemic psoriatic process