Bowel Bow"el, n. [OE. bouel, bouele, OF. boel, boele, F. boyau, fr. L. botellus a small sausage, in LL. also intestine, dim. of L. botulus sausage.] [1913 Webster] 1. One of the intestines of an animal; an entrail, especially of man; a gut; -- generally used in the plural. [1913 Webster]

He burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out. --Acts i. 18. [1913 Webster]

2. pl. Hence, figuratively: The interior part of anything; as, the bowels of the earth. [1913 Webster]

His soldiers . . . cried out amain, And rushed into the bowels of the battle. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. pl. The seat of pity or kindness. Hence: Tenderness; compassion. ``Thou thing of no bowels.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Bloody Bonner, that corpulent tyrant, full (as one said) of guts, and empty of bowels. --Fuller. [1913 Webster]

4. pl. Offspring. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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