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[fat-bod-ee] /ˈfætˌbɒd i/
noun, plural fatbodies. Entomology.
a diffuse tissue of insects, having numerous functions including food storage, metabolism, and storage of wastes and in some insects modified as a light-producing organ.
Also, fat body, fat-body.
Origin of fatbody
First recorded in 1865-70; fat + body Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The doorway was too small for his big, fat body; when he attempted to go through it, he found himself stuck fast.

  • Fogg was still in the smoker, his fat body shaking with fear.

    Justin Wingate, Ranchman John H. Whitson
  • It looks somewhat like a small whale; it has a fat body, with small eyes and ears.

    Our Little Porto Rican Cousin Mary Hazelton Wade
  • Bobby's fat body was sodden and relaxed in his grandmother's arms.

    The Narrow House Evelyn Scott
  • You must carefully dry all the creases in his fat body for him, with a soft towel.

  • Nobody knew when and where his fat body and brown face might not be turning up.

    Boy Woodburn Alfred Ollivant
  • And as she went on, she took two bites out of every fat body she met with, and threw away every lean one.

    Gods and Fighting Men Lady I. A. Gregory
  • Torkleson paced the stage, his fat body shaking with agitation, pointing a chubby finger again and again at Walter Towne.

    Meeting of the Board Alan Edward Nourse
  • The fat body became chalky white and showed through the intersegmental membranes.

  • But his fat body had held him, and so still chained to earth, he waddled within the limits of his narrow domain.

    Mistress Anne Temple Bailey
British Dictionary definitions for fat body

fat body

noun (zoology)
a mass of fatty tissue in insects, used as an energy source during hibernation and metamorphosis
a similar tissue mass in amphibians and reptiles
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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