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lights

[ lahyts ]
/ laɪts /
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plural noun

the lungs, especially of sheep, pigs, etc.

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Origin of lights

1150–1200; Middle English lihte, lightes, noun use of lihtlight2; cf. lung
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British Dictionary definitions for lights (1 of 2)

lights1
/ (laɪts) /

pl n

a person's ideas, knowledge, or understandinghe did it according to his lights

British Dictionary definitions for lights (2 of 2)

lights2
/ (laɪts) /

pl n

the lungs, esp of sheep, bullocks, and pigs, used for feeding pets and occasionally in human food

Word Origin for lights

C13: plural noun use of light ², referring to the light weight of the lungs
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