- (British) IPA: /wuːm/
womb (plural wombs)
- (anatomy) In female mammals, the organ in which the young are conceived and grow until birth; the uterus. [from 8thc.]
- (obsolete) The abdomen or stomach. [8th-17thc.]
- a. 1472, Thomas Malory, “(please specify the chapter)”, in [Le Morte Darthur], book V, [London: […] by William Caxton], published 31 July 1485, OCLC 71490786 ↗; republished as H[einrich] Oskar Sommer, editor, Le Morte Darthur […], London: Published by David Nutt, […], 1889, OCLC 890162034 ↗:
- And his hede, hym semed,was enamyled with asure, and his shuldyrs shone as the golde, and his wombe was lyke mayles of a merveylous hew […].
- (obsolete) The stomach of a person or creature. [8th-18thc.]
- (figuratively) A place where something is made or formed. [from 15thc.]
- The womb of earth the genial seed receives.
- 1826, Mary Shelley, The Last Man, part 2, chapter 7
- The shadows of the future hours rose dark and menacing from the womb of time [...]
- Any cavity containing and enveloping anything.
- The centre spike of gold / Which burns deep in the bluebell's womb.
- French: utérus, ventre, (archaic) matrice, sein, entrailles
- German: (specific organ) Gebärmutter; (specialist also) Uterus; (pregnant body as the “seat of life”) Mutterleib, Schoß
- Italian: utero, grembo
- Portuguese: útero, matriz
- Russian: ма́тка
- Spanish: útero, matriz
womb (wombs, present participle wombing; past and past participle wombed)