womb

[woom]

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. womanizing,
  2. womankind,
  3. womanlike,
  4. womanly,
  5. womanpower,
  6. womb-to-tomb,
  7. wombat,
  8. women,
  9. women at point sur, the,
  10. women in love

Origin of womb

before 900; Middle English, Old English: belly, womb; cognate with Dutch wam, German Wamme, Gothic wamba belly; cf. wamus

Related formswombed, adjectiveun·womb, verb (used with object)

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British Dictionary definitions for womb

womb

noun

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 Formswombed, 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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Word Origin and History for womb

womb

n.

Old English wamb, womb "belly, uterus," from Proto-Germanic *wambo (cf. Old Norse vomb, Old Frisian wambe, Middle Dutch wamme, Dutch wam, Old High German wamba, German Wamme "belly, paunch," Gothic wamba "belly, womb," Old English umbor "child"), of unknown origin.

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Medicine definitions for womb

womb

[wōōm]

n.

uterus

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Science definitions for womb

womb

[wōōm]

See uterus.
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