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kidney

noun uk   /ˈkɪd.ni/ us  
C2 [C] either of a pair of small organs in the body that take away waste matter from the blood to produce urine: kidney failure [C or U] these organs from an animal, used as food: steak and kidney pie
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in Korean 콩팥…
in Arabic كِلْية…
in French rein…
in Turkish böbrek…
in Italian rene, rognone…
in Chinese (Traditional) 腎,腎臟, (可食用的動物)腰子…
in Russian почка…
in Polish nerka…
in Spanish riñón…
in Portuguese rim…
in German die Niere…
in Catalan ronyó…
in Japanese 腎臓, (食用のブタ、ウシなどの)腎臓…
in Chinese (Simplified) 肾,肾脏, (可食用的动物)腰子…
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