bow·​el | \ ˈbau̇(-ə)l How to pronounce bowel (audio) \

Definition of bowel

1 biology : intestine, gut also : one of the divisions of the intestines usually used in plural except in medical use the large bowel move your bowels
2 archaic : the seat of pity, tenderness, or courage usually used in plural
3 bowels plural : the interior parts especially : the deep or remote parts bowels of the earth

Other Words from bowel

bowelless \ ˈbau̇(-​ə)l-​ləs How to pronounce bowel (audio) \ adjective

Examples of bowel in a Sentence

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.
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First Known Use of bowel

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bowel

Middle English, from Anglo-French buel, boel, from Medieval Latin botellus, from Latin, diminutive of botulus sausage

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The first known use of bowel was in the 14th century

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11 May 2022

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“Bowel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for bowel


bow·​el | \ ˈbau̇-əl How to pronounce bowel (audio) \

Kids Definition of bowel

1 : intestine usually used in pl.
2 : a part of the intestine the large bowel


bow·​el | \ ˈbau̇(-ə)l How to pronounce bowel (audio) \

Medical Definition of bowel

: intestine, gut also : one of the divisions of the intestines usually used in plural except in medical use move your bowels surgery of the involved bowel

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