[ yoh-nee ]
/ ˈyoʊ ni /


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

Origin of yoni

Borrowed into English from Sanskrit around 1790–1800
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/ (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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