from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having a great belly; bigbellied; pregnant; teeming.

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  • adj. having a prominent belly


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  • Fernelius, and be addicted to like humours: [1340] if a great-bellied woman see a hare, her child will often have a harelip, as we call it.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • [6552] But when he was four hundred miles from Rome he so roared that all the great-bellied women in Rome made abortions, the city walls fell down, and when he came a hundred miles nearer, and roared the second time, their teeth fell out of their heads, the emperor himself fell down dead, and so the lion went back.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • [Greek omitted] or dries the seed, and is very hurtful to great-bellied women.

    Essays and Miscellanies

  • Mistress Elbow, being, as I say, with child, and being great-bellied, and longing, as I said, for prunes; and having but two in the dish, as I said,

    Measure for Measure

  • Mistress Elbow … being great-bellied, and longing, as I said, for prunes….

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

  • Like Hong Kong, the streets were a veritable marketplace of bargain-rate commodities: latex thongs, great-bellied plaster Buddhas, laminated photos of Asian music stars, toys and carry bags all shoddily made and adorned with emblems and cartoon figures pilfered from the West.

    Heaven Lake

  • A few women waded the ford to shore, but they were old, or great-bellied with child.

    The King Must Die

  • A great-bellied, big-mouthed champion, [1] the size of whose mouth is the mouth of a horse, [1] in the van of that troop; with but one clear eye, and [2] half-brained, [2] long-handed.

    The Ancient Irish Epic Tale Táin Bó Cúalnge

  • Matanzas River near Havana, into which they turned with the object of running the great-bellied galleons aground and escaping with what treasure they could.

    The Buccaneers in the West Indies in the XVII Century

  • I have heard that great-bellied women do long for some dainties or other.

    Scene XII


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