misbirth

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English, from Old English misbyrd (abortion), from Proto-Germanic *missa- (mis-) +*burdiz, *burþiz (birth, carriage). Equivalent to mis- +‎ birth. Cognate with Dutch misgeboorte (miscarriage), German Missgeburt (abortion). Compare also misbreyde.

Noun[edit]

misbirth (plural misbirths)

  1. An abortion.