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

  • adj. Carrying developing young or eggs: a gravid uterus; a gravid female.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Pregnant; now used chiefly of egg-laying animals, or metaphorically.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Being with child; heavy with young; pregnant; fruitful; ; -- of animals as well as people.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • . Burdened; laden; made heavy.
  • Being with child; pregnant.

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

  • adj. in an advanced stage of pregnancy

Etymologies

Latin gravidus, from gravis, heavy; see gwerə-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin gravidus ("laden, pregnant"), from gravis ("heavy"). (Wiktionary)

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  • The indoor silence continued out here, gravid, surveillance rich. From "The Last Werewolf" by Glen Duncan.

    March 3, 2012

  • Wikipedia teaches me some new terms (that I probably never will use (but like anyway)):

    A gravida is a pregnant woman.
    A nulligravida or gravida 0 is a woman who has never been pregnant.
    A primigravida or gravida 1 is a woman who is pregnant for the first time or has been pregnant one time.
    A multigravida or more specifically a gravida 2 (also secundigravida), gravida 3, and so on, is a woman who has been pregnant more than one time.
    An elderly primigravida is a woman in her first pregnancy, who is at least 35 years old. This term is becoming less common as it may be considered offensive.

    November 28, 2011

  • this means 'pregnant'. I first came across it when I read a short story called 'gravid babies', whose title stuck in my mind, but the meaning wasn't explained anywhere in the story so it was years later that I found out what it means.

    January 23, 2007