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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Gar"bage
Offal, as the bowels of an animal or fish; refuse animal or vegetable matter from a kitchen; hence, anything worthless, disgusting, or loathsome.

Etymology: OE. also garbash, perh. orig., that which is purged or cleansed away; cf. OF. garber to make fine, neat, OHG. garawan to make ready, prepare, akin to E. garb dress; or perh. for garbleage, fr. garble; or cf. OF. garbage tax on sheaves, E. garb sheaf

verb Gar"bage
To strip of the bowels; to clean.
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  1. A receptacle where waste can be discarded ("she tossed the moldy bread into the garbage")
  2. A worthless message
  3. Food that is discarded (as from a kitchen)

From Middle English "the offal of a fowl, giblets, kitchen waste", originally "refuse, what is purged away" from Old French garber (“to refine, make neat or clean”), of Germanic origin, akin to Old High German garawan (“to prepare, make ready”), Old English ġearwian (“to make ready, adorn”). More at garb, yare, gear

  1. (obsolete) The bowels of an animal; refuse parts of flesh; offal.
  2. Food waste material of any kind.
    is collected on Tuesdays; rubbish on Fridays
  3. Useless or disposable material; waste material of any kind.
    The truck collects all residential municipal waste.
  4. A place or receptacle for waste material.
    He threw the newspaper into the .
  5. Nonsense; gibberish.
  6. (often attributively) Something or someone worthless.

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Past life for Garbage born Jul 18, 1995

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Siberia approximately on 1650. Your profession was handicraftsman and mechanic.

You always liked to travel, to investigate, could have been detective or spy. Your lesson - development and expansion of your mental consciousness. Find good teacher, spend a part of your time and energy on his wisdom.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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