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Definition of virgin birth in English:

noun

1 (the Virgin Birth) The doctrine of Christ’s birth from a mother, Mary, who was a virgin: [count noun]: these voices seem to deny forever the idea of virgin births
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  • Thus, the truth of Mary's perpetual virginity is, like the Virgin Birth, essential Catholic belief.
  • We will not go into the difference between the immaculate conception and virgin birth.
  • At school, like my peers, I was indoctrinated in the mysteries of original and venal sin, virgin birth, the respective criteria for entry to limbo, purgatory, and heaven.
2 [mass noun] Zoology Parthenogenesis: they produce swarms of young by virgin birth
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  • These so-called virgin births are common in invertebrates like snails, but are unusual in higher vertebrates.
  • The bonnethead shark and bamboo shark are from different families; the bonnethead suspected of a virgin birth gave birth to a live pup, rather than laying eggs as the bamboo shark had.
  • It was a virgin birth: She hadn't been near a male for six years.

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