clitoris

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See also: clitóris and clítoris

English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek κλειτορίς(kleitorís), a diminutive of uncertain origin, probably from κλείω(kleíō, I sheathe, shut), in reference to its being covered by the labia minora.

The related noun form κλείς(kleís) has a second meaning of "a key, a latch or hook (to close a door)." Wooden pegs were the original keys; a connection also revealed in Latin clavis(nail) and claudere(to shut) (see close). Some medical sources give a supposed Greek verb κλειτοριάζω(kleitoriázō, touch or titillate lasciviously, tickle) literally "to be inclined (toward pleasure)" (compare German Kitzler(clitoris, literally tickler), related to Greek κλειτύς(kleitús), a variant of κλιτύς(klitús, hillside), related to κλίνω(klínō, I slope), from the same root as κλῖμαξ(klîmax, ladder). But many sources take κλειτορίς(kleitorís) literally as Ancient Greek "little hill".

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈklɪtəɹɪs/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈklɪtəɹɪs/, /klɪˈtɔɹɪs/

Noun[edit]

clitoris ‎(plural clitorises or clitorides)

  1. (anatomy) A sensitive elongated erectile organ at the anterior part of the vulva in female humans and mammals, homologous with the penis.

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See also Wikisaurus:clitoris.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek κλειτορίς(kleitorís).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

clitoris m ‎(plural clitoris)

  1. clitoris

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