from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Strangled or suffocated at birth.
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'Finger of birth-strangled babe' is one of the ingredients of that widely-collected composition of the Macbeth witches.
But the base suspicion was birth-strangled as they spoke again.
“Laird of Macfarlane’s geese, who liked their play better than their meat,” disposed of his time with the aid of cup and trencher, occasionally humming the burden of his birth-strangled ballad, and beating time to it with his fingers on the little round table.