- a lip or liplike part.
- a lip or lip-shaped structure or part.
- any of the folds of skin bordering the vulva.
- Botany. the lower lip of a bilabiate corolla.
- Entomology. the posterior, unpaired member of the mouthparts of an insect, formed by the united second maxillae.
Origin of labium
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The labium is as long as it is in Drassus, but contracted at the base.
The labium is short and the maxillæ straight, as in Anyphæna.
The labium is narrowed at the end and a little longer than wide (fig. 26).
The labium is long and narrow, and forked at the end (fig. 72).
C16: New Latin, from Latin: lip
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Word Origin and History for labium
1590s, plural labia, from Latin labium "lip" (see lip (n.)).
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- A lip or lip-shaped anatomical structure.
- Any of four folds of tissue of the female external genitalia.
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- Either of two pairs of folds of tissue that make up part of the external genitalia of female mammals.
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