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  • (zoology) A flexible sac that can expand and contract and that holds liquids or gases.
  • (anatomy) Specifically, the urinary bladder.
  • (botany) A hollow, inflatable organ of a plant.
  • The inflatable bag inside a various balls used in sport, such as footballs and rugby balls.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia

Blad"der (&?;), n. [OE. bladder, bleddre, AS. bl&?;dre, bl&?;ddre; akin to Icel. bla&?;ra, SW. bläddra, Dan. blære, D. blaar, OHG. blātara the bladder in the body of animals, G. blatter blister, bustule; all fr. the same root as AS. blāwan, E. blow, to puff. See Blow to puff.]

1. (Anat.) A bag or sac in animals, which serves as the receptacle of some fluid; as, the urinary bladder; the gall bladder; -- applied especially to the urinary bladder, either within the animal, or when taken out and inflated with air.

2. Any vesicle or blister, especially if filled with air, or a thin, watery fluid.

3. (Bot.) A distended, membranaceous pericarp.

4. Anything inflated, empty, or unsound. "To swim with bladders of philosophy." Rochester.

Bladder nut, or Bladder tree(Bot.), a genus of plants (Staphylea) with bladderlike seed pods. -- Bladder pod(Bot.), a genus of low herbs (Vesicaria) with inflated seed pods. -- Bladdor senna(Bot.), a genus of shrubs (Colutea), with membranaceous, inflated pods. -- Bladder worm(Zoöl.), the larva of any species of tapeworm (Tænia), found in the flesh or other parts of animals. See Measle, Cysticercus. -- Bladder wrack(Bot.), the common black rock weed of the seacoast (Fucus nodosus and F. vesiculosus) -- called also bladder tangle. See Wrack.

Blad"der, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bladdered (&?;); p. pr. & vb. n. Bladdering.] 1. To swell out like a bladder with air; to inflate. [Obs.] G. Fletcher.

2. To put up in bladders; as, bladdered lard.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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