cunnilingus

[kuhn-l-ing-guh s]

noun

the act or practice of orally stimulating the female genitals.

Nearby words

  1. cunha, tristão da,
  2. cuniculus,
  3. cuniform,
  4. cunjevoi,
  5. cunner,
  6. cunning,
  7. cunningham,
  8. cunningham, merce,
  9. cunninghame graham,
  10. cunningly

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

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British Dictionary definitions for cunnilingus

cunnilingus

cunnilinctus (ˌkʌnɪˈlɪŋktəs)

noun

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 cunnilingus

cunnilingus

n.

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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Medicine definitions for cunnilingus

cunnilingus

[kŭn′ə-lĭnggəs]

n.

Oral stimulation of the clitoris or vulva.

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