[ pee-nis ]
/ ˈpi nɪs /
noun, plural pe·nis·es, pe·nes [pee-neez] /ˈpi niz/. Anatomy, Zoology.
the male organ of copulation and, in mammals, of urinary excretion.
Origin of penis
First recorded in 1685–95, penis is from the Latin word pēnis tail, penis
Related formspe·nile [peen-l, pee-nahyl] /ˈpin l, ˈpi naɪl/, pe·ni·al [pee-nee-uh l] /ˈpi ni əl/, adjective
Can be confusedpenal penile
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Examples from the Web for penial
Certain fish have penial organs; they can then realize true copulation; thus dog-fish, bounce, sharks, sea-hinds (biches).The Natural Philosophy of Love|Remy de Gourmont
British Dictionary definitions for penial
/ (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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Medicine definitions for penial
[ pē′nĭs ]
n. pl. pe•nis•es
The male organ of copulation and of urinary excretion, formed by three columns of erectile tissue, two arranged laterally on the dorsum and one medianly below; the extremity is formed by an expansion of the corpus spongiosum, covered by a free fold of skin.
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Science definitions for penial
[ 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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Culture definitions for penial
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