yoni

[ yoh-nee ]
/ ˈyoʊ ni /
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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. yonder,
  2. yong lo,
  3. yonge,
  4. yongjia,
  5. yongning,
  6. yonkers,
  7. yonks,
  8. yonne,
  9. yonnie,
  10. yoo-hoo

Origin of yoni

Borrowed into English from Sanskrit around 1790–1800

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British Dictionary definitions for yoni

yoni

/ (ˈjəʊnɪ) /

noun Hinduism

the female genitalia, regarded as a divine symbol of sexual pleasure and matrix of generation and the visible form of Sakti
an image of these as an object of worship

Word Origin for yoni

C18: from Sanskrit, literally: vulva, womb

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Word Origin and History for yoni

yoni

n.

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

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