The uterus where a fetus lives for nine months as it develops into a baby is an example of a womb.
- Obs. the belly
- uterus (sense )
- any place or part that holds, envelops, generates, etc.: the womb of time
Origin of wombMiddle English wombe from Old English wamb, akin to German wamme
- See uterus.
- a. A place where something is generated.b. An encompassing, protective hollow or space.
- Obsolete The belly.
Origin of wombMiddle English from Old English wamb
(third-person singular simple present wombs, present participle wombing, simple past and past participle wombed)
From Middle English wombe, wambe, from Old English womb, wamb (“belly, stomach; bowels; heart; womb; hollow"), from Proto-Germanic *wambÅ (“belly, stomach, abdomen"), from Proto-Indo-European *wamp- (“membrane (of bowels), intestines, womb"). Cognate with Scots wam, wame (“womb"), Dutch wam (“dewlap of beef; belly of a fish"), German Wamme, Wampe (“paunch, belly"), Danish vom (“belly, paunch, rumen"), Swedish vÃ¥mb (“belly, stomach, rumen"), Norwegian vomb (“belly"), Icelandic vÃ¶mb (“belly, abdomen, stomach"), Old Welsh gumbelauc (“womb"), Breton gwamm (“woman, wife"), Sanskrit à¤µà¤ªà¤¾ (vapÄÌ, “the skin or membrane lining the intestines or parts of the viscera, the caul or omentum").