midrift vs midriff :

midrift or midriff

“Midriff” derives from “mid-” and a very old word for the belly. Fashions which bare the belly expose the midriff. People think of the gap being created by scanty tops and bottoms as a rift, and mistakenly call it a “midrift” instead. In earlier centuries, before belly-baring was in, the midriff was also the piece of cloth which covered the area.

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  • n  the middle area of the human torso (usually in front)
    young American women believe that a bare midriff is fashionable
  • n  (anatomy) a muscular partition separating the abdominal and thoracic cavities; functions in respiration
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