penis

[ 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.

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Origin of penis

First recorded in 1685–95, penis is from the Latin word pēnis tail, penis

OTHER WORDS FROM penis

pe·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 penis

penal, penile
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British Dictionary definitions for penis

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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Medical definitions for penis

penis
[ pēnĭs ]

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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Scientific definitions for penis

penis
[ pēnĭs ]

Plural penises penes (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

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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