noun, plural vul·vae [vuhl-vee] /ˈvʌl vi/, vul·vas. Anatomy.

the external female genitalia.

Nearby words

  1. vulpine,
  2. vulsellum,
  3. vulture,
  4. vulturine,
  5. vulturous,
  6. vulvectomy,
  7. vulviform,
  8. vulvitis,
  9. vulvo-,
  10. vulvovaginitis

Origin of vulva

Borrowed into English from Latin around 1540–50

Related formsvul·val, vul·var, adjectivevul·vi·form [vuhl-vuh-fawrm] /ˈvʌl vəˌfɔrm/, vul·vate [vuhl-veyt, -vit] /ˈvʌl veɪt, -vɪt/, adjectivenon·vul·val, adjectivenon·vul·var, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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

Word Origin for vulva

C16: from Latin: covering, womb, matrix

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Word Origin and History for vulvae



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 formsvulval null adj.

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Science definitions for vulvae



Plural vulvas vulvae (vŭlvē′)

The external genitals of female mammals, including the labia and clitoris.
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Culture definitions for vulvae



The external organs of the female reproductive system.

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