stomach

stomach c.1300, "internal pouch into which food is digested," from O.Fr. estomac, from L. stomachus "stomach, throat," also "pride, inclination, indignation" (which were thought to have their origin in that organ), from Gk. stomachos "throat, gullet, esophagus," lit. "mouth, opening," from stoma "mouth" (see STOMA (Cf. stoma)). Applied to the openings of various internal organs, especially the stomach, then to the stomach itself. Some 16c. anatomists tried to correct the sense back to "esophagus" and introduce ventricle for what we call the stomach. Meaning "belly, midriff, part of the body that contains the stomach" is from late 14c. Figurative senses in L. extended into M.E. (Cf. "relish, inclination, desire," 1510s). The verb meaning "to tolerate, put up with" is from 1570s; earlier sense was opposite: "to be offended at, resent" (1520s), from L. stomachari "to be resentful." Stomach ache is from 1763.

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  • Stomach — Stom ach, n. [OE. stomak, F. estomac, L. stomachus, fr. Gr. sto machos stomach, throat, gullet, fr. sto ma a mouth, any outlet or entrance.] 1. (Anat.) An enlargement, or series of enlargements, in the anterior part of the alimentary canal, in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stomach — ► NOUN 1) the internal organ in which the first part of digestion occurs. 2) the abdominal area of the body; the belly. 3) an appetite or desire for something: they had no stomach for a fight. ► VERB 1) consume (food or drink) without feeling or… …   English terms dictionary

  • Stomach — Stom ach, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Stomached}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Stomaching}.] [Cf. L. stomachari, v.t. & i., to be angry or vexed at a thing.] 1. To resent; to remember with anger; to dislike. Shak. [1913 Webster] The lion began to show his teeth,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stomach — [n1] digestive organ of animate being; exterior abdomen, abdominal region, belly, below the belt*, breadbasket*, gut, inside, insides, maw*, paunch, pot*, potbelly*, solar plexus, spare tire*, tummy*; concepts 393,420 stomach [n2] appetite… …   New thesaurus

  • Stomach (Fu) — Stomach, a concept from traditional Chinese medicine as distinct from the Western medical concept of stomach, is more a way of describing a set of interrelated parts than an anatomical organ.ee also*Zang Fu theory …   Wikipedia

  • stomach — [stum′ək, stum′ik] n. [ME stomak < OFr estomac < L stomachus, gullet, esophagus, stomach < Gr stomachos, throat, gullet < stoma, mouth: see STOMA] 1. a) the large, saclike organ of vertebrates into which food passes from the esophagus …   English World dictionary

  • Stomach — Stom ach, v. i. To be angry. [Obs.] Hooker. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stomach — index endure (suffer), tolerate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • stomach us — index resentment Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • stomach — *abdomen, belly, paunch, gut …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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