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bowel

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Pronunciation: /ˈbaʊəl
 
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Definition of bowel in English:

noun

1 (often bowels) The part of the alimentary canal below the stomach; the intestine: he felt his bowels loosen the lining of the bowel [as modifier]: bowel cancer
More example sentences
  • The large intestine or large bowel consists of the colon and the section before the anus, the rectum.
  • This misplaced tissue may be found on the ovaries, uterus, bowel, pelvis and abdomen.
  • Cancer of the small bowel, the longer, thinner part of the intestines is much rarer.
Synonyms
1.1 (the bowels of) The deepest inner parts or areas of (something): the mineshaft descended deep into the bowels of the earth
More example sentences
  • But what if someone stood up and admitted whatever he held deep within the bowels of his soul.
  • Deep in bowels of the mansion was the epicentre of communication technology and field command.
  • He would have to take it deep into the bowels of the earth, for the glorious Garland Battle was about to begin.
Synonyms
interior, inside, core, belly, cavity, pit;
informal innards

Origin

Middle English: from Old French bouel, from Latin botellus, diminutive of botulus 'sausage'.

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  • Old French bouel has given bowel in English, from Latin botellus ‘little sausage’, from botulus, source of botulism (late 19th century), a form of food poisoning, adopted from German Botulismus, originally ‘sausage poisoning’.

Words that rhyme with bowel

avowal, Baden-Powell, disembowel, dowel, Howell, Powell, rowel, towel, trowel, vowel

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