Simple Definition of bowel
: the long tube in the body that helps digest food and carries solid waste out of the body
the bowels : the deep inner parts of something
Full Definition of bowel
2 archaic : the seat of pity, tenderness, or courage —usually used in plural
3 plural : the interior parts; especially : the deep or remote parts <bowels of the earth>
Examples of bowel
a disease of the bowel
They dug deep into the bowels of the earth.
The engine room is down in the bowels of the ship.
Origin of bowel
Middle English, from Anglo-French buel, boel, from Medieval Latin botellus, from Latin, diminutive of botulus sausage
First Known Use: 14th century
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