foreskin

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fore- +‎ skin

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foreskin (plural foreskins)

  1. The retractable fold of skin which covers and protects the head of the penis in humans and some other animals.
    • 1611, Bible (King James Version), Genesis 17:14:
      And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant.
    • 1990, Robert D. Martin, Primate Origins and Evolution: A Phylogenetic Reconstruction, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, ISBN 978-0-691-08565-4:
      In primates, the foreskin is present in the genitalia of both sexes and likely has been present for millions of years of evolution.
    • The Royal Australasian College of Physicians
      The foreskin has two main functions. Firstly it exists to protect the glans penis. Secondly the foreskin is a primary sensory part of the penis, containing some of the most sensitive areas of the penis.
    The female clitoral hood is homologous with the foreskin.

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foreskin (third-person singular simple present foreskins, present participle foreskinning, simple past and past participle foreskinned)

  1. to remove the foreskin

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