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  1. (in Shaktism) the external female genitals regarded as the symbol of Shakti.Compare lingam(def 2).
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Origin of yoni

Borrowed into English from Sanskrit around 1790–1800
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noun Hinduism
  1. the female genitalia, regarded as a divine symbol of sexual pleasure and matrix of generation and the visible form of Sakti
  2. an image of these as an object of worship
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Word Origin for yoni

C18: from Sanskrit, literally: vulva, womb
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Word Origin and History for yoni


1799, from Sanskrit, "female sexual principle as an object of veneration," literally "vulva, womb."

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