\ ˈwüm How to pronounce womb (audio) \

Definition of womb

1 : uterus
2a : a cavity or space that resembles a womb in containing and enveloping
b : a place where something is generated

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Other Words from womb

wombed \ ˈwümd How to pronounce wombed (audio) \ adjective

Examples of womb in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Authorities say Stinnett was conscious and attempting to defend herself when Montgomery used a kitchen knife to cut Stinnett's baby from her womb. Brooke Kemp, The Indianapolis Star, "Attorneys for woman to be executed at Terre Haute ask for delay after catching COVID-19," 15 Nov. 2020 In photos of a rebirthing ceremony, a shirtless Subash emerges from a large basket, typically used for hauling the harvest, which represents the womb. Los Angeles Times, "The Nepalese man who came back from the dead," 28 Oct. 2020 Rather than expend the enormous amounts of energy needed to grow a fetus, female pandas can focus on developing the high-fat milk that will help their cubs grow outside of the womb. Amy Mckeever, National Geographic, "Born blind, pink, and entirely helpless, here’s how giant pandas grow up," 6 Oct. 2020 If the life inside becomes stillborn, the womb becomes the tomb. People Staff, PEOPLE.com, "Wrongly Convicted at 15, Yusef Salaam of Central Park Five Praises the Promise of America's Youth," 14 Sep. 2020 In some cases, the optimal time may be in the womb. Lydia Denworth, Science | AAAS, "Is gene therapy ready to treat some forms of autism?," 14 Oct. 2020 The models allowed Treadwell and her team to accurately estimate how big the incision in Alyson's abdomen would have to be to safely pull the twins from the womb. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Rare conjoined twins, born locked in embrace, successfully separated in Michigan," 18 Sep. 2020 God suffers with the unborn child being pulled from the womb. Laura Hancock, cleveland, "Gov. Mike DeWine denies ‘ridiculous’ Ohio FEMA camp rumor (ugh, we know): Capitol Letter," 9 Sep. 2020 Shimada and colleagues suggest that competition in the womb, even cannibalism, had an important role to play. Riley Black, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Cannibalism in the Womb May Have Made Megalodon a Titanic Terror," 5 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of womb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for womb

Middle English wamb, womb, from Old English; akin to Old High German wamba belly

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The first known use of womb was before the 12th century

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19 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Womb.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/womb. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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