virgin birth

noun

1
: birth from a virgin
2
often capitalized V&B : the theological doctrine that Jesus was miraculously begotten of God and born of a virgin mother

Examples of virgin birth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While a virgin birth sounds like a rare event, experts on parthenogenesis said Charlotte has performed a miracle of life far more common than most people understand. Evan Bush, NBC News, 29 Feb. 2024 The surprise pregnancy of Charlotte, a stingray living in a tank without any male rays, has captivated people across the world and stirred a sudden interest in parthenogenesis, a scientific term that essentially means virgin birth. Evan Bush, NBC News, 29 Feb. 2024 Scientists have just induced the first virgin birth. Jackie Appel, Popular Mechanics, 27 July 2023 Scientists have just induced virgin birth for the first time No, seriously. Jackie Appel, Popular Mechanics, 27 July 2023 The first instance of virgin birth was recorded in a crocodile. Lawrence Jackson, Harper's Magazine, 10 July 2023 Strikingly, the New Testament is relatively silent on the virgin birth except in two places. Rodolfo Galvan Estrada Iii, The Conversation, 15 Dec. 2022 This isn't the first time there has been a virgin birth — also known as parthenogenesis, a birth without fertilization — in the animal kingdom. Dayna Haffenden, Peoplemag, 8 June 2023 More:Researchers find crocodile living alone in a Costa Rica zoo had a virgin birth After trying to glove the fish's mouth, Biancardi eventually went into shallow water to catch the fish, which finally worked after a few tries. Emily Deletter, USA TODAY, 8 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of virgin birth was in 1613

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“Virgin birth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/virgin%20birth. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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