One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A woman (or female animal) that has never given birth.Compare with primipara
- ‘The key finding was a significant reduction in the overall obstetric intervention rate, for otherwise healthy nulliparae would previously have received augmentation of labour.’
Late 19th century: modern Latin, from Latin nullus ‘none’ + -para (feminine of -parus), from parere ‘bear children’.
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