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womb

[woom]
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noun
  1. the uterus of the human female and certain higher mammals.
  2. the place in which anything is formed or produced: the womb of time.
  3. the interior of anything.
  4. Obsolete. the belly.

Origin of womb

before 900; Middle English, Old English: belly, womb; cognate with Dutch wam, German Wamme, Gothic wamba belly; cf. wamus
Related formswombed, adjectiveun·womb, verb (used with object)
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Examples from the Web for womb

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  • For a child is born into the womb of the time, which indeed enclosed and fed him before he was born.

    A Dish Of Orts

    George MacDonald

  • Her the men of old called Nemesis, born to Ocean from the womb of silent Night.

    Albert Durer

    T. Sturge Moore

  • Political economy was still sleeping in the womb of futurity.

    Bunyan

    James Anthony Froude

  • The mother's body is becoming adapted to the development of the infant in the womb.

  • The passage is forced by the powerful contractions of the muscles of the womb.


British Dictionary definitions for womb

womb

noun
  1. the nontechnical name for uterus Related adjective: uterine
  2. a hollow space enclosing something, esp when dark, warm, or sheltering
  3. a place where something is conceivedthe Near East is the womb of western civilization
  4. obsolete the belly
Derived Formswombed, adjectivewomblike, adjective

Word Origin

Old English wamb; related to Old Norse vomb, Gothic wamba, Middle Low German wamme, Swedish våmm
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Word Origin and History for womb

n.

Old English wamb, womb "belly, uterus," from Proto-Germanic *wambo (cf. Old Norse vomb, Old Frisian wambe, Middle Dutch wamme, Dutch wam, Old High German wamba, German Wamme "belly, paunch," Gothic wamba "belly, womb," Old English umbor "child"), of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

womb in Medicine

womb

(wōōm)
n.
  1. uterus

womb in Science

womb

[wōōm]
  1. See uterus.
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