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The lungs, especially the lungs of an animal slaughtered for food.
[Middle English lightes, from light, light in weight (from the lightness of the lungs compared to other organs); see light2.]
a person's ideas, knowledge, or understanding: he did it according to his lights.
(Veterinary Science) the lungs, esp of sheep, bullocks, and pigs, used for feeding pets and occasionally in human food
[C13: plural noun use of light2, referring to the light weight of the lungs]
the lungs, esp. of sheep, pigs, etc.
- day - One of the perpendicular divisions or "lights" of a mullioned window.
- blackout - Originally a theatrical term for the extinguishing of all lights on the stage when scenery was shifted.
- taps, last post - Taps, the bugle call for lights out, was originally a drum roll and got its name from the tapping of the drums; taps are also called last post.
- twilight - The time of two lights, the fading sunset and the emerging light of the moon and stars; there are three sequential stages of twilight: civil twilight, nautical twilight, and astronomical twilight.
The lungs of slaughtered calves and pigs. They were sometimes eaten shortly after butchering and were considered by some to be a delicacy and by others to be just another organ meat that should not be wasted.