Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    From the bowels, i. e., the essence.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    From the bowels. From the vital part, the very essence of the thing. 10 Coke, 24b; Homer v. Shelton, 2 Mete. (Mass.) 213. Ex visceribus verborum, from the mere words and nothing else. 1 Story, Eq. Jur. ยง 980; Fisher v. Fields, 10 Johns. (N. Y.) 495.