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[woom] /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, adjective
unwomb, verb (used with object) Unabridged
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  • The womb and the breasts are bound together by very strong sympathies: that which excites the one will stimulate the other.

    The Physical Life of Woman: Dr. George H Napheys
  • Her the men of old called Nemesis, born to Ocean from the womb of silent Night.

    Albert Durer T. Sturge Moore
  • This speaking in the womb may, perhaps, be understood in the metaphorical sense already explained.

  • Political economy was still sleeping in the womb of futurity.

    Bunyan James Anthony Froude
  • The womb of fate is never empty; but no man shall dare to say what is in it till the issue of every moment proves itself.

British Dictionary definitions for womb


the nontechnical name for uterus related adjective uterine
a hollow space enclosing something, esp when dark, warm, or sheltering
a place where something is conceived: the Near East is the womb of western civilization
(obsolete) the belly
Derived Forms
wombed, adjective
womblike, adjective
Word Origin
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

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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womb in Medicine

womb (wōōm)
See uterus.

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womb in Science
See uterus.
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