Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Zoology The belly or underside.
  • noun Botany The swollen lower portion of an archegonium containing the egg.
  • noun Law The womb of a woman identified as the mother of a child.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In the coiled nautiloid cephalopod shell, such as Nautilus and the ammonites, the outer or peripheral portion of the whorls.
  • noun The womb; and hence, in legal language, mother: as, A has a son B by one venter, and a daughter C by another venter; children by different venters.
  • noun In anatomy and zoology the belly; the abdomen.
  • noun Tn ornithology, the lower belly or abdomen, considered as to its surface.
  • noun In entomology: The lower part of the abdomen.
  • noun The under surface: as, the venter of the caterpillar.
  • noun In botany, the enlarged basal part of an archegonium, in which the oöphore is formed.
  • noun One who vents or gives vent (to); one who utters, reports, or publishes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The belly; the abdomen; -- sometimes applied to any large cavity containing viscera.
  • noun The uterus, or womb.
  • noun A belly, or protuberant part; a broad surface
  • noun (Zoöl.) The lower part of the abdomen in insects.
  • noun (Rom. & O. E. Law) A pregnant woman; a mother
  • noun rare One who vents; one who utters, reports, or publishes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A woman with offspring
  • noun anatomy A protuberant, usually hollow structure, notably:
  • noun A broad, shallow concavity, notably of a bone
  • noun obsolete A vendor.
  • noun One who vents, who is vocal about feelings or problems.

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

  • noun the region of the body of a vertebrate between the thorax and the pelvis
  • noun a bulging body part (as the belly of a muscle)
  • noun a speaker who expresses or gives vent to a personal opinion or grievance
  • noun the womb

Etymologies

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

[Anglo-Norman, from Latin.]

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From Latin venter ("belly, womb, offspring").

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Cognate with Dutch venter.

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to vent + -er.

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