From Middle English child, from Old English ċild ("fetus; femalebaby; child"), from Proto-Germanic *kelþaz ("womb; fetus"), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵelt- ("womb"). Cognate with Danish kuld ("brood, litter"), Swedish kull ("brood, litter"), Icelandic kelta, kjalta, Gothic 𐌺𐌹𐌻𐌸𐌴𐌹 ("womb"), Sanskrit जर्त, जर्तु.
From Middle English childen, from the noun child.
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