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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The intestine. Often used in the plural.
  • n. A part or division of the intestine: the large bowel.
  • n. The interior of something: in the bowels of the ship.
  • n. Archaic The seat of pity or the gentler emotions.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A part or division of the intestines, usually the large intestine.
  • n. The entrails or intestines; the internal organs of the stomach.
  • n. The (deep) interior of something.
  • n. The seat of pity or the gentler emotions; pity or mercy.
  • v. To disembowel.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the intestines of an animal; an entrail, especially of man; a gut; -- generally used in the plural.
  • n. Hence, figuratively: The interior part of anything.
  • n. The seat of pity or kindness. Hence: Tenderness; compassion.
  • n. Offspring.
  • transitive v. To take out the bowels of; to eviscerate; to disembowel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To take out the bowels of; eviscerate; penetrate the bowels of; disembowel.
  • n. One of the intestines of an animal; a division of the alimentary canal below the stomach; a gut, especially of man: chiefly used in the plural to denote the intestines collectively.
  • n. One of the viscera; any internal organ of the body, as the stomach, liver, brain, etc.
  • n. plural The interior part of anything.
  • n. plural The inner parts as the seat of pity or kindness; hence, tenderness; compassion.
  • n. plural Offspring; children.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the part of the alimentary canal between the stomach and the anus

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French boel, from Latin botellus, small intestine, diminutive of botulus, sausage.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French boel, from Latin botellus, diminutive of botulus ("sausage"). (Wiktionary)

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