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virgin birth

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  1. Theology. the doctrine or dogma that, by the miraculous agency of God, the birth of Christ did not impair or prejudice the virginity of Mary.Compare Immaculate Conception.
  2. Zoology. parthenogenesis; parturition by a female who has not copulated.

Origin of virgin birth

First recorded in 1645–55
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virgin birth

  1. another name for parthenogenesis (def. 2)

Virgin Birth

  1. the doctrine that Jesus Christ had no human father but was conceived solely by the direct intervention of the Holy Spirit so that Mary remained miraculously a virgin during and after his birth
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