Womb Womb (w[=oo]m), n. [OE. wombe, wambe, AS. wamb, womb; akin to D. wam belly, OS. & OHG. wamba, G. wamme, wampe, Icel. v["o]mb, Sw. v[*a]mb, Dan. vom, Goth. wamba.] 1. The belly; the abdomen. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

And he coveted to fill his woman of the cods that the hogs eat, and no man gave him. --Wyclif (Luke xv. 16). [1913 Webster]

An I had but a belly of any indifferency, I were simply the most active fellow in Europe. My womb, my womb, my womb undoes me. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. (Anat.) The uterus. See {Uterus}. [1913 Webster]

3. The place where anything is generated or produced. [1913 Webster]

The womb of earth the genial seed receives. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

4. Any cavity containing and enveloping anything. [1913 Webster]

The center spike of gold Which burns deep in the bluebell's womb. --R. Browning. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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