One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The doctrine of Christ's birth from a mother, Mary, who was a virgin.count noun ‘these voices seem to deny forever the idea of virgin births’
- ‘Other than Mary, mother of Jesus, however, few women - whether ‘good’ or ‘bad’ - can boast a virgin birth.’
- ‘We will not go into the difference between the immaculate conception and virgin birth.’
- ‘Matthew and Luke included accounts of Jesus' virgin birth in their Gospels because, as Thomas Cahill says, they were convinced they were true.’
- ‘Thus, the truth of Mary's perpetual virginity is, like the Virgin Birth, essential Catholic belief.’
- ‘At school, like my peers, I was indoctrinated in the mysteries of original and venal sin, virgin birth, the respective criteria for entry to limbo, purgatory, and heaven.’
mass noun Parthenogenesis.‘they produce swarms of young by virgin birth’
- ‘It was a virgin birth: She hadn't been near a male for six years.’
- ‘The bonnethead shark and bamboo shark are from different families; the bonnethead suspected of a virgin birth gave birth to a live pup, rather than laying eggs as the bamboo shark had.’
- ‘It would be looking at why girls of 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15 years of age are having abortions or having children today - and I can tell members they have not had virgin births.’
- ‘These so-called virgin births are common in invertebrates like snails, but are unusual in higher vertebrates.’
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