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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Belly  \Bel"ly\  (b[e^]l"l[y^]),  n.;  pl  {Bellies}  (-l[i^]z).  [OE. 
  bali,  bely,  AS  belg,  b[ae]lg,  b[ae]lig,  bag,  bellows,  belly; 
  akin  to  Icel.  belgr  bag,  bellows,  Sw  b["a]lg,  Dan.  b[ae]lg, 
  D.  &  G.  balg,  cf  W.  bol  the  paunch  or  belly,  dim.  boly,  Ir 
  bolg.  Cf  {Bellows},  {Follicle},  {Fool},  {Bilge}.] 
  1.  That  part  of  the  human  body  which  extends  downward  from 
  the  breast  to  the  thighs,  and  contains  the  bowels,  or 
  intestines;  the  abdomen. 
 
  Note:  Formerly  all  the  splanchnic  or  visceral  cavities  were 
  called  bellies;  --  the  lower  belly  being  the  abdomen; 
  the  middle  belly,  the  thorax;  and  the  upper  belly,  the 
  head.  --Dunglison. 
 
  2.  The  under  part  of  the  body  of  animals,  corresponding  to 
  the  human  belly. 
 
  Underneath  the  belly  of  their  steeds.  --Shak. 
 
  3.  The  womb.  [Obs.] 
 
  Before  I  formed  thee  in  the  belly  I  knew  thee. 
  --Jer.  i.  5. 
 
  4.  The  part  of  anything  which  resembles  the  human  belly  in 
  protuberance  or  in  cavity;  the  innermost  part  as  the 
  belly  of  a  flask,  muscle,  sail,  ship. 
 
  Out  of  the  belly  of  hell  cried  I.  --Jonah  ii  2. 
 
  5.  (Arch.)  The  hollow  part  of  a  curved  or  bent  timber,  the 
  convex  part  of  which  is  the  back 
 
  {Belly  doublet},  a  doublet  of  the  16th  century,  hanging  down 
  so  as  to  cover  the  belly.  --Shak. 
 
  {Belly  fretting},  the  chafing  of  a  horse's  belly  with  a 
  girth.  --Johnson. 
 
  {Belly  timber},  food.  [Ludicrous]  --Prior. 
 
  {Belly  worm},  a  worm  that  breeds  or  lives  in  the  belly 
  (stomach  or  intestines).  --Johnson. 




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