child-bearing

childbearing

[chahyld-bair-ing]
noun
1.
the act of producing or bringing forth children.
adjective
2.
capable of, suitable for, or relating to the bearing of a child or of children: the childbearing years.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English; see child, bearing

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child-bearing
 
n
a.  the act or process of carrying and giving birth to a child
 b.  (as modifier): of child-bearing age

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childbearing
"bringing forth of a child," also as a prp. adj., late 14c., from child + prp. of bear (v.).
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childbearing child·bear·ing (chīld'bâr'ĭng)
n.
Pregnancy and parturition.


child'bear'ing adj.
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