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

Definition of vulva

: the external parts of the female genital organs

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Other Words from vulva

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

Examples of vulva in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But don’t let that stop you from stripping away unwanted follicles — shaving your vulva is totally safe if done in the proper way. Alanna Martine Kilkeary, Teen Vogue, "How to Shave Pubic Hair If You Have a Vagina," 9 Mar. 2020 During a pelvic exam, a doctor or nurse will visually or manually inspect your vulva and reproductive organs to screen for infections and diseases, Planned Parenthood explains. Molly Longman,, "Actually, You Don’t Need That Pelvic Exam At 15," 8 Jan. 2020 The first three episodes — Healing Trip (psychedelics), Cold Comfort (cold therapy), and The Pleasure is Ours (the vulva and orgasm) — are approximately 35 minutes long. Jennifer Gunter, STAT, "Goop’s pseudoscience ministry comes to Netflix," 17 Jan. 2020 The procedure, while spa-like in nature, may also be used to treat vulvar acne, and to help add moisture and hydration to the vulva. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Vagina Facial: What Is the “Vajacial” And Is It Safe?," 3 Mar. 2020 Yes, reports Kate Connolly at The Guardian, the poem is actually a dialogue between a woman and her vulva, discussing which of them men are more attracted to. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Fragment of ‘The Rose Thorn,’ a Poem About a Talking Vulva, Dated to the 1300s," 3 Aug. 2019 Because not everything works the same way for every person with a vulva, my job can be rather difficult. Gigi Engle, SELF, "We Asked 15 People With Vaginas How to Make Oral Sex Even Better," 11 Mar. 2019 With its clinical aesthetic, thin veneer of skepticism and authority reinforced by an aspirational celebrity businesswoman who just learned what a vulva is, Goop Lab runs the great risk of exacerbating it. Judy Berman, Time, "Gwyneth Paltrow’s Netflix Goop Show Is a High-End Infomercial Masquerading as an Investigative Docuseries," 22 Jan. 2020 Estés tells a story about the ancient Greek goddess Baubo, who appears as a headless torso with nipples for eyes and a vulva for a mouth. Amanda Hess, New York Times, "The Wild Woman Awakens," 17 Dec. 2019

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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 voluble

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The first known use of vulva was in the 14th century

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3 May 2020

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“Vulva.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of vulva

: the parts of the female sexual organs that are on the outside of the body


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