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Topic: HUMAN

Sense: 1
Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: Greek kolon 'large intestine, food, meat'
Sense: 2
Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: 'part of a poem', from Greek kolon 'arm or leg, part of a poem'

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noun
     
co‧lon [countable]
1HBH technical the lower part of the bowels, in which food is changed into waste matter
2SLA the sign (:) that is used in writing and printing to introduce an explanation, example, quotation (1) etc [↪ semicolon]
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