[lahy-uh n, -en]
- the spleen.
Origin of lien2
1645–55; < Latin liēn spleen
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- of or relating to the spleen
C19: from Latin lien spleen
- law a right to retain possession of another's property pending discharge of a debt
C16: via Old French from Latin ligāmen bond, from ligāre to bind
Word Origin and History for lienal
"right to hold property of another until debt is paid," 1530s, from Middle French lien "a band or tie," from Latin ligamen "bond," from ligare "to bind, tie" (see ligament).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The spleen.
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