liver etymology

English word liver comes from Proto-Indo-European *lī-, and later Proto-Germanic *librō ((anatomy) liver.)

Detailed word origin of liver

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*lī- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*leyp- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*librō Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) (anatomy) liver.
lifer Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) Liver (interior organ).
liver English (eng) Of the colour of liver (dark brown, tinted with red and gray). (anatomy) A large organ in the body that stores and metabolizes nutrients, destroys toxins and produces bile. It is responsible for thousands of biochemical reactions.. (countable, uncountable) This organ, as taken from animals used as food.. A dark brown colour, tinted with red and gray, like the colour of liver.

Words with the same origin as liver

Descendants of *lī-
alive believe bizarre cheerleader lead leader leadership leading leave left lethal life lifestyle lifetime lin live lively lives load loaded loading love lovely lover