clitoris

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See also: clitóris and clítoris

English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From post-classical Latin clitoris (16th century), or its source, Koine Greek κλειτορίς (kleitorís), probably from Ancient Greek 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/, [kl̴ɪɾəɹɪs]

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. [from 17th c.]
    • 1740, Anonymous, A Dialogue Between a Lady and a Maid:
      Juſt before them, towards the upper Part of the C—t, is a Thing they call Clitoris, which, is a little like a Man's P—k, for it will ſwell, and ſtand like his […].
    • 1999, Natalie Angier, Woman: An Intimate Geography, p. 65:
      The average infant clitoris, when measured from the base of the shaft to the top of the glans, is about 4 or 5 millimeters, the height of a pencil eraser.
  2. (ornithology) A similar erectile sexual organ present in the cloacas of female ratites.

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See also Thesaurus:clitoris.

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from New Latin clitoris, from Ancient Greek κλειτορίς (kleitorís).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈkli.toː.rɪs/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: cli‧to‧ris

Noun[edit]

clitoris f (plural clitores or clitorissen, diminutive clitorisje n)

  1. clitoris
    Synonym: kittelaar

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek κλειτορίς (kleitorís).

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clitoris m (plural clitoris)

  1. clitoris

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Noun[edit]

clitoris (uncountable)

  1. clitoris