[chahyld-bair-ing] /ˈtʃaɪldˌbɛər ɪŋ/

the act of producing or bringing forth .
capable of, suitable for, or relating to the of a or of :
the childbearing years.


also childbearing, “bringing forth of a child,” late 14c., from child + verbal noun of bear (v.). As an adjective from late 14c.

childbearing child·bear·ing (chīld’bâr’ĭng)
Pregnancy and parturition.
child’bear’ing adj.


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