A world that was once bereaved of children
Answer: "ORB". What is the the connection between "orb" and "bereaved of children"?
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I'm afraid the answer is rather boring: "orb" did once mean bereaved of children. (Or at least "not having children"; in the illustrative quotations in the OED it seems more like "never having had children" than like "having had children who then died". So I'm not sure "bereaved" is actually correct. On the other hand, the etymology suggests that it can cover both shades of meaning.)
The OED says it derives from Latin orbus meaning "without or bereaved of parents or children" and gives two examples of its use, both from the 1600s.