Gravid vs grave

Gravid and grave are two words that are sometimes confused. We will examine the definitions of gravid and grave, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences.

Gravid is an adjective that describes someone who is preganant or an animal that is carrying eggs. Gravid is occasionally used in a figurative sense to mean something that is heavy or pregnant with meaning. The word gravid is derived from he Latin word gravidus which means pregnant.

Grave is used as an adjective to mean something serious or solemn, something that should cause alarm. Grave may be used as a noun to mean a hole that is dug in the ground to hold a coffin or a corpse. In this case, grave may be used in a figurative sense to mean a place filled with outmoded, broken or otherwise unwanted things or ideas, or it may be used to mean the state of death. The word grave is derived from the Latin word gravid which means heavy or serious.


According to the town resource management program, gravid and undersized crabs must be released to allow them to mature or to hatch to repopulate. (The Philippine Information Agency)

Gravid dinosaurs really did lay down true medullary bone inside themselves, and this discovery holds fantastic possibilities for investigating how dinosaurs actually lived. (Scientific American)

China expressed “grave concern” on Wednesday after North Korea fired what appeared to be an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that landed close to Japan. (Reuters)

After seeing a segment on the long-running program “Unsolved Mysteries” about a grave site in Louisiana where hundreds of people flock weekly to pray for healing, Swanson persuaded her husband to take her there. (The Chicago Tribune)



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