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kidney

KID'NEY, n. [I have not found this word in any other language.]

1. The kidneys are two oblong flattened bodies, extending from the eleventh and twelfth ribs to the fourth lumbar vertebra, behind the intestines. Their use is to separate the urine from the blood.

2. Sort; kind. [A ludicrous use of the word.]

3. A cant term for a waiting servant.



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KID'NEY, n. [I have not found this word in any other language.]

1. The kidneys are two oblong flattened bodies, extending from the eleventh and twelfth ribs to the fourth lumbar vertebra, behind the intestines. Their use is to separate the urine from the blood.

2. Sort; kind. [A ludicrous use of the word.]

3. A cant term for a waiting servant.

KID'NEY, n. [I have not found this word in any other language.]

  1. The kidneys are two oblong flattened bodies, extending from the eleventh and twelfth ribs to the fourth lumbar vertebra, behind the intestines. Their use is to separate the urine from the blood. – Parr. Quincy.
  2. Sort; kind. – Shak. [A ludicrous use of the word.]
  3. A cant term for a waiting servant.

Kid"ney
  1. A glandular organ which excretes urea and other waste products from the animal body; a urinary gland.

    * In man and in other mammals there are two kidneys, one on each side of vertebral column in the back part of the abdomen, each kidney being connected with the bladder by a long tube, the ureter, through which the urine is constantly excreted into the bladder to be periodically discharged.

  2. Habit; disposition; sort; kind.

    Shak.

    There are in later times other decrees, made by popes of another kidney. Barrow.

    Millions in the world of this man's kidney. L'Estrange.

    Your poets, spendthrifts, and other fools of that kidney, pretend, forsooth, to crack their jokes on prudence. Burns.

    * This use of the word perhaps arose from the fact that the kidneys and the fat about them are an easy test of the condition of an animal as to fatness. "Think of that, -- a man of my kidney; -- . . . as subject to heat as butter." Shak.

  3. A waiter.

    [Old Cant] Tatler.

    Floating kidney. See Wandering kidney, under Wandering. -- Kidney bean (Bot.), a sort of bean; -- so named from its shape. It is of the genus Phaseolus (P. vulgaris). See under Bean. -- Kidney ore (Min.), a variety of hematite or iron sesquioxide, occurring in compact kidney-shaped masses. -- Kidney stone. (Min.) See Nephrite, and Jade. -- Kidney vetch (Bot.), a leguminous herb of Europe and Asia (Anthyllis vulneraria), with cloverlike heads of red or yellow flowers, once used as a remedy for renal disorders, and also to stop the flow of blood from wounds; lady's-fingers.

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Kidney

KID'NEY, noun [I have not found this word in any other language.]

1. The kidneys are two oblong flattened bodies, extending from the eleventh and twelfth ribs to the fourth lumbar vertebra, behind the intestines. Their use is to separate the urine from the blood.

2. Sort; kind. [A ludicrous use of the word.]

3. A cant term for a waiting servant.

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