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"Womb" is actually from the Old English word wambe meaning "stomach" (modern German retains the colloquial term "Wampe" from Middle High German for "potbelly").
It is a stylized representation of the goddess Venus's hand-mirror or an abstract symbol for the goddess: a circle with a small equilateral cross underneath.
In mature women, the breast is generally more prominent than in most other mammals; this prominence, not necessary for milk production, is probably at least partially the result of sexual selection.
(For other ways in which men commonly differ physically from women, see man.) During early fetal development, embryos of both sexes appear gender-neutral.
Womanhood is the period in a female's life after she has passed through childhood and adolescence, generally around age 18.
The word woman can be used generally, to mean any female human or specifically, to mean an adult female human as contrasted with girl.The Venus symbol also represented femininity, and in ancient alchemy stood for copper.Alchemists constructed the symbol from a circle (representing spirit) above an equilateral cross (representing matter).The medial labial consonants f and m in wīfmann coalesced into the modern form "woman", while the initial element, which meant "female", underwent semantic narrowing to the sense of a married woman ("wife").It is a popular misconception that the term "woman" is etymologically connected to "womb".The vagina is used in copulation and birthing, although the term vagina is often colloquially and incorrectly used in the English language for the vulva or external female genitalia, which consists of (in addition to the vagina) the labia, the clitoris, and the female urethra.