[ klit-er-is, kli-tawr-is ]

  1. the erectile organ of the vulva, homologous to the penis of the male.

Origin of clitoris

First recorded in 1605–15; from Greek kleitorís, akin to kleíein “to shut”

Other words from clitoris

  • clit·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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British Dictionary definitions for clitoris


/ (ˈklɪtərɪs, ˈklaɪ-) /

  1. 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

Origin of clitoris

C17: from New Latin, from Greek kleitoris; related to Greek kleiein to close

Derived forms of clitoris

  • clitoral, adjective

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Scientific definitions for clitoris


[ klĭtər-ĭs, klĭ-tôrĭs ]

  1. 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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