vulva

noun

vul·​va ˈvəl-və How to pronounce vulva (audio)
plural vulvae ˈvəl-ˌvē How to pronounce vulva (audio) -ˌvī How to pronounce vulva (audio)
: the external parts of the female genital organs
vulval adjective
or vulvar
ˈvəl-vər How to pronounce vulva (audio)
-ˌvär

Examples of vulva in a Sentence

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Vulva.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vulva. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

vulva

noun
vul·​va ˈvəl-və How to pronounce vulva (audio)
plural vulvae -ˌvē How to pronounce vulva (audio)
-ˌvī
: the parts of the female genital organs that are on the outside of the body

Medical Definition

vulva

noun
vul·​va ˈvəl-və How to pronounce vulva (audio)
plural vulvae -ˌvē How to pronounce vulva (audio) -ˌvī How to pronounce vulva (audio)
: 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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