- the external genital organs, especially those of the female; vulva.
Origin of pudendum
Examples from the Web for 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 and History for pudenda
"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.