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

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Still, here are a few common reasons your vaginal area or vulva may be itching. 1. Lily Puckett, Teen Vogue, "7 Reasons Why Your Vagina Is Itchy," 28 Mar. 2019 Falk also wrote the episode of Showtime’s Weeds that opened with a drawing of a vulva, and an episode of Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black that discussed scissoring. Whitney Friedlander, Marie Claire, "TV Sex Scenes Are Unrealistic. Rachel Bloom Wants to Change That," 1 Mar. 2019 Fragrances in these items can be irritating to your vulva, Dr. Paul says. Jessica Wakeman, SELF, "If You Suspect Your Discharge Is Bleaching Your Underwear, You’re Probably Right," 17 Jan. 2019 Remember, every single vulva-owning human is different. Gigi Engle, SELF, "7 Things You Should Absolutely Do Next Time You Go Down on Someone With a Vagina," 14 Sep. 2018 Her most popular videos by far are about vaginal lightening, which involves using a specialized treatment to lighten the vulva or general bikini area. E.j. Dickson, Vox, "The dangerous rise of vaginal lightening," 6 Dec. 2018 There’s vulva nail art from Asa Bree at Finger Bang, and driftwood nests built by locals on one of Oregon's two officially clothing-optional beaches. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "Touring Todd Selby’s Favorite Places in Portland, Oregon," 15 Aug. 2018 Earlier this week, Marie Claire reported on the WTF-worthy existence of vulva sheet masks — specifically, Two Lips Blackout Activated Charcoal Mask. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Sheet Masks for Your Vagina Are a Thing Now — Experts Weigh In on Whether They're Safe to Try," 21 Sep. 2018 Here are some fascinating things to know about your vulva... Is vaginal discharge normal? Editors, Seventeen, "Is My Vagina Normal?," 18 Oct. 2018

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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 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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