semen

noun
se·​men | \ ˈsē-mən How to pronounce semen (audio) \

Definition of semen

: a viscid whitish fluid of the male reproductive tract consisting of spermatozoa suspended in secretions of accessory glands (as of the prostate and Cowper's glands)

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But underneath all the masturbating with pastry and accidentally ingested semen cocktails, there’s real sentiment to the adolescent boys trying to find their way with women, and vice versa. Vogue, "The 55 Best Romantic Comedies of All Time," 1 Feb. 2019 But scooping up rhino skin and semen is relatively easy, at least compared with removing eggs from within a two-ton wild animal. Ben Guarino, Washington Post, "‘Beautiful’ embryos created from near-extinct rhinoceros sperm," 4 July 2018 After semen was found on the woman’s jogging shorts, Mr. McAlary wrote that a police official had deemed the laboratory wrong. Al Baker, New York Times, "For Brooklyn Rape Victim, a Long-Awaited Apology From Police," 12 Jan. 2018 The urethra: This is the tunnel through which urine and semen travel. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "11 Things Everyone Should Know About Uncircumcised Penises," 29 Dec. 2018 And, crucially, is treating a poop stain different than a semen stain? Gigi Engle, SELF, "7 Tips for Cleaning Up After Sex Gets Messy," 12 Dec. 2018 Prosecutors last year dropped charges against the two after semen on the victim’s clothes matched a serial rapist. Phil Rosenthal, chicagotribune.com, "ESPN profiles Nevest Coleman, White Sox groundskeeper imprisoned 23 years despite innocence," 17 May 2018 Uranus’s genitalia, along with his blood and semen, formed a thick, dense, mist from which Venus (or Aphrodite) emerged. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What the Position of Venus in Your Birth Chart Means for You," 31 July 2018 If that’s the case, semen touching anywhere on your body would produce a similar burning and itching feeling. Iman Hariri-kia, Teen Vogue, "Teens' Biggest Sex Questions Answered By Their Peers," 13 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of semen

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for semen

Middle English, from Latin, seed, semen; akin to Old High German sāmo seed, Latin serere to sow — more at sow

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semen

noun

English Language Learners Definition of semen

: the sticky, whitish liquid containing sperm that is produced by a male's sex organs

semen

noun
se·​men | \ ˈsē-mən How to pronounce semen (audio) \

Medical Definition of semen

: a viscid whitish fluid of the male reproductive tract consisting of spermatozoa suspended in secretions of accessory glands (as of the prostate and Cowper's glands)

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