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vulva

[ vuhl-vuh ]
/ ˈvʌl və /
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noun, plural vul·vae [vuhl-vee], /ˈvʌl vi/, vul·vas.Anatomy.
the external female genitalia.

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Origin of vulva

Borrowed into English from Latin around 1540–50

OTHER WORDS FROM vulva

vulval, vulvar, adjectivevul·vi·form [vuhl-vuh-fawrm], /ˈvʌl vəˌfɔrm/, vul·vate [vuhl-veyt, -vit], /ˈvʌl veɪt, -vɪt/, adjectivenon·vul·val, adjectivenon·vul·var, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for vulva

vulva
/ (ˈvʌlvə) /

noun plural -vae (-viː) or -vas
the external genitals of human females, including the labia, mons veneris, clitoris, and the vaginal orifice

Derived forms of vulva

vulval, vulvar or vulvate (ˈvʌlveɪt), adjectivevulviform (ˈvʌlvɪˌfɔːm), adjective

Word Origin for vulva

C16: from Latin: covering, womb, matrix
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for vulva

vulva
[ vŭlvə ]

n. pl. vul•vae (-vē)
The external genital organs of the female, including the labia majora, labia minora, clitoris, and vestibule of the vagina.

Other words from vulva

vulval null adj.
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Scientific definitions for vulva

vulva
[ vŭlvə ]

Plural vulvas vulvae (vŭlvē′)
The external genitals of female mammals, including the labia and clitoris.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Cultural definitions for vulva

vulva
[ (vul-vuh) ]

The external organs of the female reproductive system.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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