[uh-koosh-muh nt; French a-koosh-mahn]
- the confinement of childbirth; lying-in.
Origin of accouchement
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Examples from the Web for accouchement
A French doctor was suspended, for an error in the accouchement of a lady.A Five Years' Residence in Buenos Ayres
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According to Dalyell, an accouchement is here a fit of indigestion.The Ocean World:
They are particularly ill-treated at the period of their accouchement.From Paris to Pekin over Siberian Snows
A nourishing and restorative mixture during convalescence, much used among certain classes after accouchement.
This occurred twice; but, after one disappointment, the accouchement was expected with all the ardour of English anticipation.
- childbirth or the period of confinement
C19: from accoucher to put to bed, to give birth. See couch
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Word Origin and History for accouchement
1803, from French accouchement, noun of action from accoucher (see accoucheur).
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