Definition of virgin birth in English:

virgin birth

Syllabification: vir·gin birth


  • 1 (the Virgin Birth) The doctrine of Christ’s birth from a mother, Mary, who was a virgin.
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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 Zoology Parthenogenesis.
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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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