American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A position of the body at rest in which the spine is curved, the head is bowed forward, and the arms and legs are drawn in toward the chest.
- From the position a fetus assumes. (Wiktionary)
- From its resemblance to the position of a fetus in the womb. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“She curled up in a near fetal position on the sofa and Ty sat open-legged on the ottoman.”
“I curled into a fetal position behind the cushion as Mr. Thorne's leg moved past the starboard port.”
“Her arms and legs had been flexed and tied into a fetal position with red-dyed sinew.”
“It would be easy to curl into a fetal position and close his eyes.”
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