labium

noun
la·bi·um | \ˈlā-bē-əm \
plural labia\ˈlā-bē-ə \

Definition of labium 

1 : any of the folds at the margin of the vulva — compare labia majora, labia minora

2 : the lower lip of a labiate corolla

3a : a lower mouthpart of an insect that is formed by the second pair of maxillae united in the middle line

b : a liplike part of various invertebrates

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The outer labia can also vary in terms of being barely there or a few inches long, and the inner labia (which are reminiscent of butterfly wings) might be hidden or hang past the outer lips. Zoe Ruderman, Cosmopolitan, "22 Vital Facts You Need to Know About Your Vagina," 19 June 2017 And, as many pointed out, there is nothing wrong with or unnatural about having dark labia. refinery29.com, "Huda Beauty's Guide To Vagina Lightening Sparks Major Controversy," 7 May 2018 Most women's labia aren't perfectly symmetrical — one side is usually bigger than the other. Zoe Ruderman, Cosmopolitan, "22 Vital Facts You Need to Know About Your Vagina," 19 June 2017 Now, doctors are warning anyone with a vagina to steer clear of a product that some are claiming reduces vaginal odor (or at least steer clear of applying it on their labia or in their vaginas). Lily Herman, Allure, "Women Say They're Using Vicks VapoRub in Their Vaginas," 1 Nov. 2017 The vulva, the video states using diagrams (and cute cats), includes the outer labia, inner labia, clitoris, urethral opening, and vaginal opening. Lily Herman, Allure, "Your Vulva Is Not Your Vagina — Here's the Difference," 5 Oct. 2017 And some people—most people—want their dicks on men and their labia on/vaginas in women. Dan Savage, Chicago Reader, "When the nice lady has a penis . . .," 20 Sep. 2017 Chances are a bump on your labia (the lips) or vulva (the skin around them) is just a pimple or an ingrown hair. Amber Madison, Seventeen, "6 Weird Things About Your Vagina That are Totally Normal," 30 May 2017 Sometimes my labia minora will swell a bit, but the only effect is aesthetic. Sarit Luban, Cosmopolitan, "5 Women Open Up About What Their Herpes Looks and Feels Like to Them," 22 May 2017

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First Known Use of labium

1634, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for labium

New Latin, from Latin, lip — more at lip

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labium

noun
la·bi·um | \ˈlā-bē-əm \
plural labia\ \

Medical Definition of labium 

1 : any of the folds at the margin of the vulva — compare labia majora, labia minora

2 : a lower mouthpart of an insect that is formed by the second pair of maxillae united in the midline

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