Liver etymology


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

Etymology of liver

Detailed word origin of liver

Dictionary entry Language Definition
*lī- Proto-Indo-European (ine)
*leyp- Proto-Indo-European (ine)
*librō Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) (anatomy) liver.
lifer Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) Liver (interior organ).
liver English (en) 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 lead leave life live love lover