- the external genital organs, especially those of the female; vulva.
Origin of pudendum
Examples from the Web for pudenda
Historical Examples of pudenda
The men, at least, have no feeling of shame in connection with the pudenda.Folkways
William Graham Sumner
In order that I might feast my eyes on her pudenda she must not wear drawers.Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 5 (of 6)
This suggestion is borne out by the figures of women with the pudenda exposed and often exaggerated in size.The Witch-cult in Western Europe
Margaret Alice Murray
The form of it resembled the pudenda of a man and woman lovingly joined in one.The History of Virginia, in Four Parts
If a woman gives birth to pudenda, the royal dynasty will be changed.
- (often plural) the human external genital organs collectively, esp of a female
Word Origin for pudendum
"external genitals," late 14c. (pudenda), from Latin pudendum (plural pudenda), literally "thing to be ashamed of," neuter gerundive of pudere "make ashamed; be ashamed," from PIE root *(s)peud- "to punish, repulse." Translated into Old English as scamlim ("shame-limb"); in Middle English also anglicized as pudende (early 15c.). Related: Pudendal.
- The human external genitalia, especially of a woman.