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Topic: HUMAN

Language: Old English
Origin: belg 'bag, skin'

belly

1 noun
     
bel‧ly1 S3 plural bellies [countable]
1
a) HBH your stomach:
a full belly
b) British EnglishHBH the front part of your body between your chest and your legs [= abdomen]:
She was lying on her belly.
2HBA the middle part of an animal's body, near its stomach
3DT literary a curved or rounded part of an object:
the belly of a plane
4

black-bellied/fat-bellied/big-bellied etc

having a black, fat, big etc stomach
5

go belly up

informal if a business or company goes belly up, it stops operating because it cannot pay its debts
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