- Anat., Zool.
- the belly, or abdomen
- a protuberance like a belly, as on a muscle
- a cavity or hollowed surface
- Law the womb: used in designating maternal parentage, as in children of the first venter, meaning “children of the first wife”
Origin of venterAnglo-French ; from Classical Latin venter: see ventral
- Zoology The belly or underside: a snake with a yellowish venter.
- Botany The swollen lower portion of an archegonium containing the egg.
- Law The womb of a woman identified as the mother of a child.
Origin of venterAnglo-Norman, from Latin.
- (obsolete) A vendor.
Cognate with Dutch venter.
From Latin venter (“belly, womb, offspring").
vent + -er.