[ pee-nis ]
/ ˈpi nɪs /
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noun, plural pe·nis·es, pe·nes [pee-neez]. /ˈpi niz/. Anatomy, Zoology.
the male organ of copulation and, in mammals, of urinary excretion.
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Origin of penis
First recorded in 1685–95, penis is from the Latin word pēnis tail, penis
OTHER WORDS FROM penispe·nile [peen-l, pee-nahyl], /ˈpin l, ˈpi naɪl/, pe·ni·al [pee-nee-uhl], /ˈpi ni əl/, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH penispenal, penile
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How to use penis in a sentence
Antab is doubtless Antiochia penes Taurum, in the skirts of which it stands; and is not far distant from the highest ridge.Early Travels in Palestine|Arculf et al.
Illa modo in ducibus culpa, quod ut odio essent civibus fecerant; alia omnis penes milites noxia erat.Dderlein's Hand-book of Latin Synonymes|Ludwig Dderlein
So that we must never rebel against use; quem penes arbitrium est, et vis et norma loquendi.A History of English Literature|George Saintsbury
Item aliud psalterium glosatum inpignoratum penes Isabellam Siccadona.
Received from Mr. James of Dunekier eighty pund sexteen shilling six penes Scots in full of the within account depussd by me.Life of Adam Smith|John Rae
British Dictionary definitions for penis
/ (ˈpiːnɪs) /
noun plural -nises or -nes (-niːz)
the male organ of copulation in higher vertebrates, also used for urine excretion in many mammals
Word Origin for penis
C17: from Latin
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Scientific definitions for penis
[ pē′nĭs ]
Plural penises penes (pē′nēz)
The male reproductive organ of mammals and some reptiles and birds. In mammals, the penis contains the urethra, which carries urine from the bladder and releases sperm during reproduction.
A similar organ found in the males of some invertebrate animals.
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Cultural definitions for penis
The organ of the male reproductive system through which semen passes out of the body during sexual intercourse. The penis is also an organ of urination.
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