[ bou-uh l, boul ]
/ ˈbaʊ əl, baʊl /
- Usually bowels. the intestine.
- a part of the intestine.
- the inward or interior parts: the bowels of the earth.
- Archaic. feelings of pity or compassion.
verb (used with object), bow·eled, bow·el·ing or (especially British) bow·elled, bow·el·ling.
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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 bowelbow·el·less, adjective
Words nearby bowel
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British Dictionary definitions for boweling
/ (ˈbaʊəl) /
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 boweling
[ bou′əl, boul ]
The intestine. Often used in the plural.
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Scientific definitions for boweling
[ bou′əl ]
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