vul·​va | \ˈvəl-və \
plural vulvae\ ˈvəl-​ˌvē , -​ˌvī \

Definition of vulva 

: the external parts of the female genital organs

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vulval \ ˈvəl-​vəl \ or vulvar \ ˈvəl-​vər , -​ˌvär \ adjective

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The vulva has been occasionally flashed in real life as performance art. Laren Stover, New York Times, "The Selfie That Dares to Go There," 7 July 2018 Viewers are presented with a picture of a hairless, perfect vulva, huge boobs, and blonde hair. Gigi Engle, Marie Claire, "Why Can't I Have an Orgasm?," 28 May 2018 In the study, the researchers brought up the growing popularity of labiaplasty, a cosmetic procedure in which a surgeon trims the inner lips of the vulva. Blake Bakkila,, "There's No Such Thing as a 'Normal' Vagina, and That's a Good Thing," 3 July 2018 Noticing a red bump on your vulva or labia might send up some red flags. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "What Is Vaginal Acne, and How Do You Treat It?," 23 May 2018 It's usually considered to be two partners rubbing their vulvas against each other's, but can also be defined as one partner rubbing their vulva against other body parts of their partners (including the thighs and butt), as Autostraddle pointed out. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "11 Sex Acts You've Always Been Curious About, Defined," 15 May 2018 Here’s another: Stationed near the bronze vulva is the skull of a bird with an enormous, phallic beak. Cate Mcquaid,, "Skulls, and other things, beneath the skin in ‘Killers & Thrillers’," 14 Mar. 2018 It is laid with plates that rise a few inches off the table, as if levitating, each one sumptuously painted with wings or petals or licks of flame emanating from a glowing center: variations on the vulva. Sasha Weiss, New York Times, "Judy Chicago, the Godmother," 7 Feb. 2018 The other possibility is vulvodynia, which is characterized by vulva pain, stinging, or sensitivity so intense that direct touch is hard to bear. Zoe Ruderman, Cosmopolitan, "22 Vital Facts You Need to Know About Your Vagina," 19 June 2017

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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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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 \
plural vulvae\ -​ˌvē , -​ˌvī \

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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