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[vuhl-vuh] /ˈvʌl və/
noun, plural vulvae
[vuhl-vee] /ˈvʌl vi/ (Show IPA),
vulvas. Anatomy.
the external female genitalia.
Origin of vulva
Borrowed into English from Latin around 1540-50
Related forms
vulval, vulvar, adjective
[vuhl-vuh-fawrm] /ˈvʌl vəˌfɔrm/ (Show IPA),
[vuhl-veyt, -vit] /ˈvʌl veɪt, -vɪt/ (Show IPA),
nonvulval, adjective
nonvulvar, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for vulvae


noun (pl) -vae (-viː), -vas
the external genitals of human females, including the labia, mons veneris, clitoris, and the vaginal orifice
Derived Forms
vulval, vulvar, vulvate (ˈvʌlveɪt) adjective
vulviform (ˈvʌlvɪˌfɔːm) adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin: covering, womb, matrix
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Word Origin and History for vulvae



1540s, from Latin vulva, earlier volva "womb, female sexual organ," literally "wrapper," from volvere "to turn, twist, roll, revolve," also "turn over in the mind," from PIE root *wel- "to turn, revolve," with derivatives referring to curved, enclosing objects (see volvox).

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vulvae in Medicine

vulva vul·va (vŭl'və)
n. pl. vul·vae (-vē)
The external genital organs of the female, including the labia majora, labia minora, clitoris, and vestibule of the vagina.

vul'val or vul'var (-vər, -vär') adj.
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vulvae in Science
Plural vulvas or vulvae (vŭl'vē')
The external genitals of female mammals, including the labia and clitoris.
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vulvae in Culture
vulva [(vul-vuh)]

The external organs of the female reproductive system.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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