Etymology
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bladder (n.)

Middle English bladdre, from Old English blædre (West Saxon), bledre (Anglian) "urinary bladder," also "blister, pimple," from Proto-Germanic *blodram "something inflated" (source also of Old Norse blaðra, Old Saxon bladara, Old High German blattara, German Blatter, Dutch blaar), from PIE root *bhle- "to blow." The extended senses date from early 13c., from animal bladders being used for buoyancy, storage, etc.

updated on October 14, 2022

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