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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BIRTHING

Had not Yellow Hair been in the birthing wickiup with Redbird?

This one seems to be birthing the dictatorship of the intellectuals.

The big sad eyes of it were like those of Maisie, poor lass, when she had the birthing that was her going-call.

Hunt ducks in the fall, plow the land in the spring, help at the birthing of calves and lambs and foals?

She felt like telling Wind Bends Grass to leave the birthing wickiup.

WORD ORIGIN

early 13c., from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse *byrðr (replacing cognate Old English gebyrd "birth, descent, race; offspring; nature; fate"), from Proto-Germanic *gaburthis (cf. Old Frisian berd, Old Saxon giburd, Dutch geboorte, Old High German giburt, German geburt, Gothic gabaurþs), from PIE *bhrto past participle of root *bher- (1) "to carry; to bear children" (cf. Sanskrit bhrtih "a bringing, maintenance," Latin fors, genitive fortis "chance;" see bear (v.)). Suffix -th is for "process" (as in bath, death). Meaning "parentage, lineage, extraction" (revived from Old English) is from mid-13c. Birth control is from 1914; birth rate from 1859. Birth certificate is from 1842.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR BIRTHING

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