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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The vulva contends the young woman puts too much emphasis on her appearance. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Fragment of ‘The Rose Thorn,’ a Poem About a Talking Vulva, Dated to the 1300s," 3 Aug. 2019 Here's how to do it: After the giving partner lies down on their back, the receiving partner gently lifts a leg over their shoulders and then slowly squats down until their vulva makes contact with their partner's mouth. Sophie Saint Thomas,, "The Most Satisfying Sex Positions for Lesbians," 20 June 2019 Doctors have also found the skin cancer melanoma on the vulva, says Dweck. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "The 8 Most (and Least) Likely Reasons You Have a Bump Near Your Vagina," 2 July 2019 Thank you for your support in making the world a happier place, one vulva at a time. Erika W. Smith,, "Sex Tech Company Dame Sues NYC Subways Over ‘Sexist’ Advertising Rules," 20 June 2019 The final step in the $125 treatment involved an LED blue light machine placed directly on top of my vulva. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "I Got a Vagina Facial, and Honestly Loved It," 28 Feb. 2019 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

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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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to shake or wave menacingly

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