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[kuhn-l-ing-guh s] /ˌkʌn lˈɪŋ gəs/
the act or practice of orally stimulating the female genitals.
Also, cunnilinctus
[kuhn-l-ingk-tuh s] /ˌkʌn lˈɪŋk təs/ (Show IPA)
Origin of cunnilingus
1885-90; < New Latin, Latin: one who licks the vulva, equivalent to cunni- (combining form of cunnus vulva) + -lingus (derivative of lingere to lick)
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cunnilingual, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for cunnilinctus


a sexual activity in which the female genitalia are stimulated by the partner's lips and tongue Compare fellatio
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from Latin cunnus vulva + lingere to lick
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Word Origin and History for cunnilinctus



1887, from Latin cunnus "vulva" (see cunt) + lingere "to lick" (see lick (v.)). The Latin properly would mean "one who licks a vulva," but it is used in English in reference to the action, not the actor. The verb ought to be *cunnilingue.

Cunnilingus was a very familiar manifestation in classical times; ... it tends to be especially prevalent at all periods of high civilization. [Havelock Ellis, 1905]

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cunnilinctus in Medicine

cunnilingus cun·ni·lin·gus (kŭn'ə-lĭng'gəs)
Oral stimulation of the clitoris or vulva.

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