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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. 2018.
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  • A light heart in a fat body ravishes not only the world but the philosopher.

    Sandra Belloni, Complete George Meredith
  • Fogg was still in the smoker, his fat body shaking with fear.

    Justin Wingate, Ranchman John H. Whitson
  • Bobby's fat body was sodden and relaxed in his grandmother's arms.

    The Narrow House Evelyn Scott
  • Nobody knew when and where his fat body and brown face might not be turning up.

    Boy Woodburn Alfred Ollivant
  • Foolish khansaman, do you want your fat body shaken to a jelly?

    In Clive's Command

    Herbert Strang
  • The shadows, faintly pink on the rise of the hill, engulfed his fat body.

    The Cathedral Sir Hugh Walpole
  • They lose considerably in weight during their lives, but the males still contain the fat body at the time of death.

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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