vul·​va | \ ˈvəl-və How to pronounce vulva (audio) \
plural vulvae\ ˈvəl-​ˌvē How to pronounce vulva (audio) , -​ˌvī How to pronounce vulva (audio) \

Definition of vulva

: the external parts of the female genital organs

Other Words from vulva

vulval \ ˈvəl-​vəl How to pronounce vulva (audio) \ or vulvar \ ˈvəl-​vər How to pronounce vulva (audio) , -​ˌvär \ adjective

Examples of vulva in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Stick with your upper vulva (mons pubis) and outer lips (labia majora). Melanie Rud, SELF, 16 June 2022 Watson recommends only rinsing the vulva with water or, at most, using a gentle, low-allergen soap. Amber Ferguson, Washington Post, 31 May 2022 Her simple pig vulva has become full and dewy, a clean point of expectant flesh. Claire Messud, Harper’s Magazine , 25 May 2022 Prominent modern artist Judy Chicago‘s aptly-named The Creation depicts a female goddess birthing the world from her vulva as her breast becomes a spewing volcano. Elizabeth Djinis, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 May 2022 Many of Jacobs’ thread sculptures evoke internal body parts, including orifices ranging from vulva to mouth, although almost never explicitly. Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2022 There in front of the altar is an ancient baptismal font with two unsettling stone carvings: on one side, the Green Man (a contorted face erupting in leaves and branches); on the other, the Sheela-Na-Gig (a female figure exposing her vulva). Peter Debruge, Variety, 9 May 2022 An employee named Molly was dressed in a sequinned vulva costume. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 7 May 2022 Still, the vulva (or outside area) requires special care and attention. Aley Arion, Essence, 8 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of vulva

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vulva

Middle English, from Medieval Latin, from Latin volva, vulva womb, female genitals; akin to Sanskrit ulva womb and perhaps to Latin volvere to roll — more at wallow entry 1

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“Vulva.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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vul·​va | \ ˈvəl-və How to pronounce vulva (audio) \
plural vulvae\ -​ˌvē How to pronounce vulva (audio) , -​ˌvī How to pronounce vulva (audio) \

Medical Definition of vulva

: the external parts of the female genital organs comprising the mons pubis, labia majora, labia minora, clitoris, vestibule of the vagina, bulb of the vestibule, and Bartholin's glands

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