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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Other Words from vulva

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

Examples of vulva in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even vaginal bleaching, or lightening the skin of the vulva with laser treatment or chemical peels, has grown in popularity in the US since 2018. Brianna Holt, Quartzy, "Why do women keep looking for ways to optimize their vaginas?," 8 Nov. 2019 The photographs that show Mr. Jois with his hands on students’ vulvas get explained away. Katherine Rosman, New York Times, "Yoga Is Finally Facing Consent and Unwanted Touch," 7 Nov. 2019 Worse, ignorance compounded (and justified by) the squeamish silences around vulvas have made many of them complacent. Wired, "The Female Founders Disrupting the Vagina Economy," 29 Sep. 2019 The vulva is the external part, where your underwear touches your skin. Julia Belluz, Vox, "The Vagina Bible: This feminist gynecologist wants you to know your body and fight the patriarchy," 14 Aug. 2019 Marshall has heard from several other Oregon ranchers who reported similar killings on their property over the past few decades — including cows that had been found with their udders, vulvas and tongues removed., "Mysterious Oregon cattle killings, mutilations alarm ranchers," 22 Aug. 2019 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 To use lube, put a quarter-sized amount on your vulva, focusing on the area around your vaginal opening. Vanessa Marin, Allure, "Ask a Sex Therapist: Why Is My Vagina Always So Dry During Sex?," 11 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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The first known use of vulva was in the 14th century

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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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