birth
I. noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English, from Old Norse byrth; akin to Old English beran Date: 13th century 1. a. the emergence of a new individual from the body of its parent b. the act or process of bringing forth young from the womb 2. a state resulting from being born especially at a particular time or place <
a Southerner by birth
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3. a. lineage, extraction <
marriage between equals in birth
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b. high or noble birth 4. a. archaic one that is born b. beginning, start <
the birth of an idea
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II. verb Date: 1855 transitive verb 1. chiefly dialect to bring forth 2. a. to give rise to ; originate b. to give birth to intransitive verb to bring forth or be brought forth as a child or young III. adjective Date: 1975 biological 3 <
his birth mother
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