bowel

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Middle French bouel, from Old French boiel, from Latin botellus, diminutive of botulus (sausage). Doublet of boyau.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: bou'əl, boul, IPA(key): /ˈbaʊ.əl/, /baʊl/
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  • Rhymes: -aʊəl, -aʊl

Noun[edit]

bowel (plural bowels)

  1. (chiefly medicine) A part or division of the intestines, usually the large intestine.
  2. (in the plural) The entrails or intestines; the internal organs of the stomach.
    • 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Acts I:
      And when he was hanged, brast asondre in the myddes, and all his bowels gusshed out.
  3. (in the plural) The (deep) interior of something.
    The treasures were stored in the bowels of the ship.
  4. (in the plural, archaic) The seat of pity or the gentler emotions; pity or mercy.
    • 1602, William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida, II. i. 48
      Thou thing of no bowels, thou!
    • (Can we date this quote by Fuller and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      Bloody Bonner, that corpulent tyrant, full (as one said) of guts, and empty of bowels.
  5. (obsolete, in the plural) offspring

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Verb[edit]

bowel (third-person singular simple present bowels, present participle bowelling or (US) boweling, simple past and past participle bowelled or (US) boweled)

  1. (now rare) To disembowel.
    • 1624, John Smith, Generall Historie, in Kupperman 1988, page 149:
      Their bodies are first bowelled, then dried upon hurdles till they be very dry [...].

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