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English definition of “bowels”


plural noun    /ˈbɑʊ·əlz, bɑʊlz/ (also bowel,  /ˈbɑʊ·əl, bɑʊl/)
a long tube through which food travels while it is being digested after leaving the stomach; intestines fig. The bowels of something are the deepest parts of it: Prisoners were generally confined to the bowels of the ship.
(Definition of bowels plural noun from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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