childbed

[chahyld-bed]

noun

the circumstance or situation of a woman giving birth to a child; parturition: to lie in childbed.

Origin of childbed

Middle English word dating back to 1150–1200; see origin at child, bed
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childbed

noun

  1. (often preceded by in)the condition of giving birth to a child
  2. (as modifier)childbed fever
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Word Origin and History for childbed
n.

also child-bed, c.1200, "state of being in labor," from child + bed (n.). In reference to a bed, real or metaphorical, on which something is born, from 1590s.

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