[ klit-er-is, kli-tawr-is ]
/ ˈklɪt ər ɪs, klɪˈtɔr ɪs /
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the erectile organ of the vulva, homologous to the penis of the male.
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Origin of clitoris
1605–15; <Greek kleitorís, akin to kleíein to shut
OTHER WORDS FROM clitorisclit·o·ral, cli·tor·ic [kli-tawr-ik, -tor-], /klɪˈtɔr ɪk, -ˈtɒr-/, clit·o·rid·e·an [klit-uh-rid-ee-uhn], /ˌklɪt əˈrɪd i ən/, adjective
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How to use clitoris in a sentence
Clitoral stimulation, however, is not an image that gets a lot of airtime.The Orgasm Gap|Hannah Seligson|February 9, 2009|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for clitoris
/ (ˈklɪtərɪs, ˈklaɪ-) /
a part of the female genitalia consisting of a small elongated highly sensitive erectile organ at the front of the vulva: homologous with the penis
Derived forms of clitorisclitoral, adjective
Word Origin for clitoris
C17: from New Latin, from Greek kleitoris; related to Greek kleiein to close
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Scientific definitions for clitoris
[ klĭt′ər-ĭs, klĭ-tôr′ĭs ]
A sensitive external organ of the reproductive system in female mammals and some other animals that is capable of becoming erect. It is located above or in front of the urethra.
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