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belly

1. the lower or front part of the body of a vertebrate, containing the intestines and other abdominal organs; abdomen
2. the surface of a stringed musical instrument over which the strings are stretched
3. the thick central part of certain muscles
4. Austral and NZ the wool from a sheep's belly
5. Archery the surface of the bow next to the bowstring

belly

[′bel·ē]
(anatomy)
The abdominal cavity or the abdomen.
The most prominent, fleshy, central portion of a muscle.
(graphic arts)
A downward curve in the center of a type line.
References in classic literature ?
Idomeneus meanwhile smote Oenomaus in the middle of his belly, and broke the plate of his corslet, whereon his bowels came gushing out and he clutched the earth in the palms of his hands as he fell sprawling in the dust.
With a stride he was at the table and with a sweep of his hand sent the lamp crashing into the fat belly of the general who, in his mad effort to escape cremation, fell over backward, chair and all, upon the floor.
 And tuck out the belly that clung to his back.
At the sides the horses were above the belly, and in the centre a man from the poop could scarce touch the deck with a seven-foot spear.
But he seized her with his hands and put her in his belly, for fear that she might bring forth something stronger than his thunderbolt: therefore did Zeus, who sits on high and dwells in the aether, swallow her down suddenly.
You never knew wot it was to go 'ungry, to cry yerself asleep with yer little belly gnawin' an' gnawin', like a rat inside yer.
And as a self-described belly dance husband, Jay plays an active supporting role for his wife's performances, preparing for haflas (Middle Eastern dance parties), handling costumes, vending at events, and helping to manage their young son.
Not the Hollywood kind in which barely clothed women in sequins and pushup bras dance seductively until even James Bond raises an eyebrow, but the kind in which women fill classes at gyms, YMCAs, recreation centers and places such as the Visions of the Nile Belly Dance School in Akron, Ohio.
TO the uninitiated the Beauly Belly might sound like something you get after a bad meal.
I'm considering an alternative route to riches through starting my own Belly Flops Tour.
Whether you prefer dancing on your toes, on your heels or even with your belly, you'll find a place to show you the best moves.
When best friends Heather McDonald and Marissa Mathy-Zvaifler were 16, they signed up for a belly dancing workshop.