grav·​id | \ ˈgra-vəd How to pronounce gravid (audio) \

Definition of gravid

1 : pregnant gravid mares
2 : distended with or full of eggs a gravid fish

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gravidity \ gra-​ˈvi-​də-​tē How to pronounce gravid (audio) \ noun

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Gravid comes from Latin gravis, meaning "heavy." It can refer to a female who is literally pregnant, and it also has the figurative meanings of pregnant: "full or teeming" and "meaningful." Thus, a writer may be gravid with ideas as she sits down to write; a cloud may be gravid with rain; or a speaker may make a gravid pause before announcing his remarkable findings.

Examples of gravid in a Sentence

the patient is a gravid woman in her seventh month
Recent Examples on the Web Heritage Restaurant & Caviar Bar opened in early August, the week of the Sturgeon Moon, which is when the Algonquins believed the Great Lakes teemed with gravid fish. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "Heritage Restaurant & Caviar Bar is more than big-ticket fish eggs," 27 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of gravid

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gravid

Latin gravidus, from gravis heavy

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“Gravid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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