infibulation

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin infībulō (to close with a clasp or pin).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɪnfɪbjʊˈleɪʃən/

Noun[edit]

infibulation (plural infibulations)

  1. an act of fastening, especially the stitching together of the labia to prevent intercourse
    • 1991, Will Self, The Quantity Theory of Insanity:
      When Janner wasn’t telling me about infibulation among the Tuareg or Shan propitiation ceremonies, he was sharing with me the fruits of his concerted observation of Reigate society.

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