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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Ectopic breast tissues can be found along the embryonic mammary ridges and can occur in the vulva. Seriously Science, Discover Magazine, 5 May 2017 No mess, no warming it up in your hands before getting to the good part. Made specifically for women, this serum stirs the nerve endings in the vulva to increases pleasure within seconds. Cristina Montemayor, Men's Health, 29 Dec. 2022 Additionally, our pH Balancing Cleanser cleanses the vulva without disrupting your natural pH with its gentle and fragrance-free formula. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 12 Dec. 2022 French title is L’Origine du Monde, as in Gustave Courbet’s 19th-century portrait of a faceless woman’s vulva, and opens with an interlude among the cosmos), a bracing combination utterly alien to the American cinematic comedy tradition. Charles Bramesco, Vulture, 21 Jan. 2022 Every patient who enters Dr. Rubin’s office, regardless of age, is taken on a tour of their own vulva. Rachel E. Gross, New York Times, 17 Oct. 2022 The curved head can cup your breasts or cover your entire vulva. Suzannah Weiss, Glamour, 14 Oct. 2022 In truth, there is more to caring for vaginas and vulva than your usual grocery or pharmacy fare. Bianca Salonga, Forbes, 12 July 2022 An itchy, painful rash on the vulva that keeps coming back could be vulvar dermatoses. Alyssa Jung, Good Housekeeping, 17 July 2022 See More

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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 26 Jan. 2023.

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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