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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
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Bellyaches that have been going on for many days or weeks or months are much less likely to be an emergency than belly aches that just started, or are intensely worsening over a few hours.
Biocontrol work on bellyache bush started in 1997, with field surveys focusing on the drier islands of the Caribbean and the Venezuelan coastline.
When I look down from the flat top of Bellyache Butte, I try to visualize what this place looked like 100-200 years ago.
"The one with the bellyache" would fall from his desk to the floor, clutching at his stomach, and people in nearby seats would begin to shout, "Boy down!
"Chukfi Rabbit's Big, Bad Bellyache: A Trickster Tale" is a warm and pungent retelling of a treasured trickster tale from Choctaw traditions, rediscovered and retold by talented Native American author Greg Rodgers.
I could bellyache about why it's taken so long to sort this out, but have decided to just embrace and smile about the fact that it is now so.
It was the almost unhinged antics of Kenneth Williams, Betty Marsden, Hugh Paddick and Douglas Smith led by the urbane Horne that left the nation tittering and guffawing to the point of bellyache.
Thou shalt not whinge, moan, bellyache, grouse or generally whine, as DJs are noted for their sunny dispostion.
Then they broke out in smiles and explained to Steve that yes, you're gonna have a heck of a bellyache, but we call it "blunt trauma," not "gunshot wound." His heavy, ornate rodeo belt buckle had stopped the .25 ACP slug cold.
GARY ANDERSO0N survived bellyache to move to the brink of the Betway Premier League play-offs.
Norris said he did not wish to "bellyache" about the issue and pointed out he felt his situation was similar to many in this country although he believes he has been prudent enough to ensure he does not suffer any huge long-term loss.
Elsewhere, John Nayagam - last seen as Emmerdale's disgraced veterinary surgeon Hari Prasad - causes trouble for Maddy when he checks in complaining of (and I quote) "a monster bellyache".