birth NOUN 1) the emergence of a baby or other young from the body of its mother; the start of life as a physically separate being. 2) the beginning of something. 3) origin or ancestry: he is of noble birth.
DERIVATIVES birthing noun.
give birth — Cf. ↑give birth
ORIGIN Old Norse, related to BEAR(Cf. ↑bear).

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