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Topic: HUMAN

Language: Old English
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rib

1 noun
     
rib
rib1 [countable]
1HBHHBA one of the 12 pairs of curved bones that surround your chest:
She was taken to hospital with a broken arm and ribs.
He was punched and kicked in the ribs.
2DF a piece of meat that includes an animal's rib:
a rib of beef
barbecued ribs
spare ribs
3TBC a curved piece of wood, metal etc that is used as part of the structure of something such as a boat or building
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