[ bou-uhl, boul ]
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  1. Anatomy.

    • Usually bowels. the intestine.

    • a part of the intestine.

  2. bowels,

    • 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.
  1. to disembowel.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use bowel in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for bowel


/ (ˈbaʊəl) /

  1. an intestine, esp the large intestine in man

  2. (plural) innards; entrails

  1. (plural) the deep or innermost part (esp in the phrase the bowels of the earth)

  2. (plural) archaic the emotions, esp of pity or sympathy

Origin of bowel

C13: from Old French bouel, from Latin botellus a little sausage, from botulus sausage

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Scientific definitions for bowel


[ bouəl ]

  1. The intestine.

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