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/ wum /


the uterus of the human female and certain higher mammals.
the place in which anything is formed or produced: the womb of time.
the interior of anything.
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 forms

wombed, adjectiveun·womb, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for womb


/ (wuːm) /


the nontechnical name for uterus Related adjective: uterine
a hollow space enclosing something, esp when dark, warm, or sheltering
a place where something is conceivedthe Near East is the womb of western civilization
obsolete the belly

Derived Forms

wombed, adjectivewomblike, adjective

Word Origin for womb

Old English wamb; related to Old Norse vomb, Gothic wamba, Middle Low German wamme, Swedish våmm
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Medicine definitions for womb


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Science definitions for womb


[ wōōm ]

See uterus.

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