WORD ORIGIN noun, plural vul·vae , [ vuhl-vee] /ˈvʌl vi/ vul·vas. . Anatomy the external female genitalia. Origin of vulva
Borrowed into English from
Latin around 1540–50 Related forms vul·val, vul·var, adjective vul·vi·form , [ vuhl-v uh-fawrm] /ˈvʌl vəˌfɔrm/ vul·vate , [ vuhl-veyt, -vit] /ˈvʌl veɪt, -vɪt/ adjective non·vul·val, adjective non·vul·var, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for vulvae noun plural -vae ( -viː) or -vas the external genitals of human females, including the labia, mons veneris, clitoris, and the vaginal orifice Derived Forms vulval, vulvar or vulvate ( ˈvʌlveɪt), adjective vulviform ( ˈvʌlvɪˌfɔːm), adjective Word Origin for vulva
C16: from Latin: covering, womb, matrix
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Word Origin and History for vulvae n.
1540s, from Latin
vulva, earlier volva "womb, female sexual organ," literally "wrapper," from volvere "to turn, twist, roll, revolve," also "turn over in the mind," from PIE root *wel- "to turn, revolve," with derivatives referring to curved, enclosing objects (see volvox).
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Medicine definitions for vulvae n. pl. vul•vae ( -vē) The external genital organs of the female, including the labia majora, labia minora, clitoris, and vestibule of the vagina. Related forms vul null ′val adj.
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Science definitions for vulvae Plural vulvas vulvae ( vŭl) ′vē′ The external genitals of female mammals, including the labia and clitoris.
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Culture definitions for vulvae
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