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Vomiting is the forceful expulsion of the contents of one's stomach through the mouth.  This is known medically as emesis.  It can also be called puking, barfing, throwing up, upchucking, and ralphing.  When it's a baby doing this, it is usually called spitting up.  There are other, more-colourful colloquialisms for this activity, e.g., tossing one's cookies.

Vomit is the actual substance that is expelled from the stomach through the mouth.  It can also be called puke, barf, throw up, upchuck, ralph, and spit up.


— Jerry Seinfeld (Jerry Seinfeld) in "The Pitch", Seinfeld (S4E3, 16 September 1992)
  • You know in some cultures, they only eat vomit.  I never been there before, but I read about it...in a book!
— White Goodman (Ben Stiller) in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (18 June 2004)
  • As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.
The Bible, Proverbs 26.
— Veronica Sawyer (Winona Ryder) in Heathers (1 October 1988)
  • You may find this hard to believe, but it's the best thing I've ever thrown up.
— Max Vandenburg (Ben Schnetzer) in The Book Thief (3 October 2013)

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