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Topic: HUMAN

Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: boel, from Medieval Latin botellus, from Latin botulus; BOTULISM

bowel

noun
     
bow‧el
1

bowels

[plural]HBH the system of tubes inside your body where food is made into solid waste material and through which it passes out of your body [↪ intestine]
move/empty/open your bowels (=get rid of solid waste from your body)
2 [singular]HBH one part of this system of tubes:
cancer of the bowel
3

a bowel movement

formalHBH the act of getting rid of solid waste from your body
4

the bowels of something

literary the lowest or deepest part of something
the bowels of the earth (=deep under the ground)
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