[kuhn-l-ing-guh s]
Also cun·ni·linc·tus [kuhn-l-ingk-tuh s] /ˌkʌn lˈɪŋk təs/.

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)
Related formscun·ni·lin·gual, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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cunnilinctus (ˌkʌnɪˈlɪŋktəs)

  1. a sexual activity in which the female genitalia are stimulated by the partner's lips and tongueCompare fellatio

Word Origin for cunnilingus

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


  1. Oral stimulation of the clitoris or vulva.
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