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bowel

[ bou-uhl, boul ]
/ ˈbaʊ əl, baʊl /
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noun

Anatomy.
  1. Usually bowels. the intestine.
  2. a part of the intestine.
bowels,
  1. the inward or interior parts: the bowels of the earth.
  2. Archaic. feelings of pity or compassion.

verb (used with object), bow·eled, bow·el·ing or (especially British) bow·elled, bow·el·ling.

to disembowel.

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Origin of bowel

1250–1300; Middle English b(o)uel<Old French <Latin botellus little sausage (bot(ulus) sausage + -ellus-elle)

OTHER WORDS FROM bowel

bow·el·less, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for bowel

bowel
/ (ˈbaʊəl) /

noun

an intestine, esp the large intestine in man
(plural) innards; entrails
(plural) the deep or innermost part (esp in the phrase the bowels of the earth)
(plural) archaic the emotions, esp of pity or sympathy

Word Origin for bowel

C13: from Old French bouel, from Latin botellus a little sausage, from botulus sausage
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Medical definitions for bowel

bowel
[ bouəl, boul ]

n.

The intestine. Often used in the plural.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Scientific definitions for bowel

bowel
[ bouəl ]

The intestine.
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