Origin of lung
Examples from the Web for lungs
He became delirious, his heartbeat grew ragged, his blood teemed with the virus, and his lungs, liver and kidneys began to fail.
Then stab her to death and bring me back her lungs and liver as proof of your deed.
He took out the lungs and liver and brought them to the queen as proof that the child was dead.
Mixner almost died in February, after his lower intestine got twisted, leaving him with gangrene in his heart and lungs.Gay Activist David Mixner: I Mercy Killed 8 People|Tim Teeman|October 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Bad News for Your Lungs E-cigs may not contain real smoke, but they can still do a number on your lungs.
The air taken into the lungs seemed powerless to expand them.The Grey Lady|Henry Seton Merriman
When the lungs are attacked, all kinds of mistaken cruelties have been perpetrated.The Dog|Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
The disease had assumed the form of congestion of the lungs, and the Lieutenant seemed rapidly sinking.Red-Tape and Pigeon-Hole Generals|William H. Armstrong
The heart's action is often disturbed in its rhythm, and sympathetic dyspnoea leads to suspicion of disease of the lungs.
There was pure air round them, and they drew deep breaths of it into throats and lungs parched by the fumes of sulphurous smoke.The Northern Iron|George A. Birmingham
British Dictionary definitions for lungs
Word Origin for lung
Word Origin and History for lungs
"human respiratory organ," c.1300, from Old English lungen (plural), from Proto-Germanic *lungw- (cf. Old Norse lunge, Old Frisian lungen, Middle Dutch longhe, Dutch long, Old High German lungun, German lunge "lung"), literally "the light organ," from PIE *legwh- "not heavy, having little weight; easy, agile, nimble" (cf. Russian lëgkij, Polish lekki "light;" Russian lëgkoje "lung," Greek elaphros "light" in weight; see also lever).
The notion probably is from the fact that, when thrown into a pot of water, lungs of a slaughtered animal float, while the heart, liver, etc., do not. Cf. also Portuguese leve "lung," from Latin levis "light;" Irish scaman "lungs," from scaman "light;" Welsh ysgyfaint "lungs," from ysgafn "light." See also lights, pulmonary. Lung cancer attested from 1882.
Medicine definitions for lungs
Science definitions for lungs
Culture definitions for lungs
A pair of organs, the principal parts of the respiratory system, at the front of the cavity of the chest, or thorax. In the lungs, oxygen from the air that is inhaled is transferred into the blood, while carbon dioxide is removed from the blood and exhaled.
Idioms and Phrases with lungs
see at the top of one's lungs.