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womb sb.: transf. applied to anything hollow or conceived as hollow (e.g. the earth, night) R2 II. i. 83 “a grave, Whose hollow womb” . . ., 1H4 III. i. 31, H5 IV. Chor. 4 “the foul womb of night,” Rom. V. i. 65 “the fatal cannon's womb,” Compl. 1 “a hill Whose concave womb” . . .
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