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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Limbo \Lim"bo\ (l[i^]m"b[-o]), Limbus \Lim"bus\ (l[i^]m"b[u^]s),
n. [L. limbus border, edge in limbo on the border. Cf. Limb
1. (Scholastic Theol.) An spiritual region where certain
classes of souls were supposed to await the last judgment.
As far from help as Limbo is from bliss. --Shak.
A Limbo large and broad, since called
The Paradise of fools. --Milton.
Note: The limbus patrum was considered as a place for the
souls of good men who lived before the coming of our
Savior. The limbus infantium was said to be a similar
place for the souls of unbaptized infants. To these was
added, in the popular belief, the limbus fatuorum, or
fool's paradise, regarded as a receptacle of all vanity
2. Hence: Any real or imaginary place of restraint or
confinement; a prison; as, to put a man in limbo.
3. Hence: A state of waiting, or uncertainty, in which final
judgment concerning the outcome of a decision is
postponed, perhaps indefinitely; neglect for an indefinite
time; as, the proposal was left in limbo while opponents
and proponents refused to compromise.
4. (Anat.) A border or margin; as, the limbus of the cornea.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: a border or edge of any of various body parts distinguished
by color or structure
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