bowel

[bou-uhl, boul]
noun
1.
Anatomy.
a.
Usually, bowels. the intestine.
b.
a part of the intestine.
2.
bowels.
a.
the inward or interior parts: the bowels of the earth.
b.
Archaic. feelings of pity or compassion.
verb (used with object), boweled, boweling or (especially British) bowelled, bowelling.
3.
to disembowel.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English b(o)uel < Old French < Latin botellus little sausage (bot(ulus) sausage + -ellus -elle)

bowelless, adjective
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bowel (ˈbaʊəl)
 
n
1.  an intestine, esp the large intestine in man
2.  (plural) innards; entrails
3.  (plural) the deep or innermost part (esp in the phrase the bowels of the earth)
4.  archaic (plural) the emotions, esp of pity or sympathy
 
[C13: from Old French bouel, from Latin botellus a little sausage, from botulus sausage]

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bowel
c.1300, from O.Fr. boele "intestines, bowels, innards" (12c., Mod.Fr. boyau), from M.L. botellus "small intestine," originally "sausage," dim. of botulus "sausage," a word borrowed from Oscan-Umbrian, from PIE *gwet-/*geut- "intestine" (cf. L. guttur "throat," O.E. cwið, Goth. qiþus "belly,
womb," Ger. kutteln "guts, chitterlings"). Greek splankhnon (from the same PIE base as spleen) was a word for the principal internal organs, which also were felt in ancient times to be the seat of various emotions. Greek poets, from Aeschylus down, regarded the bowels as the seat of the more violent passions such as anger and love, but by the Hebrews they were seen as the seat of tender affections, especially kindness, benevolence, and compassion. Splankhnon was used in Septuagint to translate a Hebrew word, and from thence early Bibles in English rendered it in its literal sense as bowels, which thus acquired in English a secondary meaning of "pity, compassion" (late 14c.). But in later editions the word often was translated as heart. Bowel movement is attested by 1874
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Medical Dictionary

bowel bow·el (bou'əl, boul)
n.
The intestine.

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bowel   (bou'əl)  Pronunciation Key 
The intestine.
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Example sentences
The section of intestine that has died is removed, and the healthy remaining
  ends of bowel reconnected.
Homeopaths have been aware of the effect of the bowel flora on the health for
  almost a hundred years.
Other studies have found that olive oil has a favorable effect on both ovarian
  cancer and bowel cancer.
But only a few years earlier he was in the throes of an inflammatory bowel
  disease known as ulcerative colitis.
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