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 for Liver
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Liver \Liv"er\, n. [AS. lifer; akin to D. liver, G. leber, OHG.
     lebara, Icel. lifr, Sw. lefver, and perh. to Gr. ? fat, E.
     live, v.] (Anat.)
     A very large glandular and vascular organ in the visceral
     cavity of all vertebrates.
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     Note: 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 c[ae]cal tubes, and differs
           materially, in form and function, from that of
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     Floating liver. See Wandering liver, under Wandering.
     Liver of antimony, Liver of sulphur. (Old Chem.) See
     Liver brown, Liver color, the color of liver, a dark,
        reddish brown.
     Liver shark (Zool.), a very large shark ({Cetorhinus
        maximus), inhabiting the northern coasts both of Europe
        and North America. It sometimes becomes forty feet in
        length, being one of the largest sharks known; but it has
        small simple teeth, and is not dangerous. It is captured
        for the sake of its liver, which often yields several
        barrels of oil. It has gill rakers, resembling whalebone,
        by means of which it separates small animals from the sea
        water. Called also basking shark, bone shark,
        hoemother, homer, and sailfish; it is sometimes
        referred to as whale shark, but that name is more
        commonly used for the Rhincodon typus, which grows even
     Liver spots, yellowish brown patches on the skin, or spots
        of chloasma.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Liver \Liv"er\, n.
     1. One who, or that which, lives.
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              And try if life be worth the liver's care. --Prior.
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     2. A resident; a dweller; as, a liver in Brooklyn.
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     3. One whose course of life has some marked characteristic
        (expressed by an adjective); as, a free liver.
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     Fast liver, one who lives in an extravagant and dissipated
     Free liver, Good liver, one given to the pleasures of the
     Loose liver, a person who lives a somewhat dissolute life.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Liver \Liv"er\ (l[i^]v"[~e]r), n. (Zool.)
     The glossy ibis ({Ibis falcinellus); -- said to have given
     its name to the city of Liverpool.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: having a reddish-brown color [syn: liver-colored,
      n 1: 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
      2: liver of an animal used as meat
      3: a person who has a special life style; "a high liver"
      4: someone who lives in a place; "a liver in cities"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  84 Moby Thesaurus words for "liver":
     abatis, abdomen, absorption, anus, appendix, assimilation, bile,
     blind gut, bowels, brain, brains, cecum, chitterlings, cholangitis,
     cholecystitis, cirrhosis, cockscomb, colon, denizen, digestion,
     digestive system, duodenum, dweller, endocardium, entrails,
     foregut, gastric juice, gastrointestinal tract, giblets, gizzard,
     guts, haslet, heart, hepatitis, hepatoma, hindgut, icterus,
     infectious hepatitis, ingestion, innards, inner mechanism, insides,
     internals, intestinal juice, intestine, inwards, jaundice, jejunum,
     kidney, kidneys, kishkes, large intestine, liver and lights, lung,
     marrow, midgut, occupant, pancreas, pancreatic digestion,
     pancreatic juice, perineum, predigestion, pump, pylorus, rectum,
     resident, resider, saliva, salivary digestion, salivary glands,
     secondary digestion, serum hepatitis, small intestine, spleen,
     stomach, sweetbread, ticker, tongue, tripe, tripes,
     vermiform appendix, viscera, vitals, works

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

     (Heb. kabhed, "heavy;" hence the liver, as being the heaviest of
     the viscera, Ex. 29:13, 22; Lev. 3:4, 1, 10, 15) was burnt upon
     the altar, and not used as sacrificial food. In Ezek. 21:21
     there is allusion, in the statement that the king of Babylon
     "looked upon the liver," to one of the most ancient of all modes
     of divination. The first recorded instance of divination (q.v.)
     is that of the teraphim of Laban. By the teraphim the LXX. and
     Josephus understood "the liver of goats." By the "caul above the
     liver," in Lev. 4:9; 7:4, etc., some understand the great lobe
     of the liver itself.

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  LIVER, n.  A large red organ thoughtfully provided by nature to be
  bilious with.  The sentiments and emotions which every literary
  anatomist now knows to haunt the heart were anciently believed to
  infest the liver; and even Gascoygne, speaking of the emotional side
  of human nature, calls it "our hepaticall parte."  It was at one time
  considered the seat of life; hence its name -- liver, the thing we
  live with.  The liver is heaven's best gift to the goose; without it
  that bird would be unable to supply us with the Strasbourg _pate_.

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