plural noun
pen·​e·​tra·​lia | \ ˌpe-nə-ˈtrā-lē-ə How to pronounce penetralia (audio) \

Definition of penetralia

: the innermost or most private parts

Examples of penetralia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lounge chairs have sprouted up in yards and driveways like propagating agave, and many of us have migrated from the penetralia of our backyards to porches and lawns. Maria Neuman, WSJ, "Why America Is Rediscovering the Social Front Yard," 6 June 2020

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First Known Use of penetralia

1668, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for penetralia

Latin, neuter plural of penetralis inner, from penetrare to penetrate

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“Penetralia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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