genitalia

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See also: genitália

English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin genitalia, substantive use of plural of genitalis (pertaining to generation or birth).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈdʒɛnɪˈteɪli.ə/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

genitalia

  1. External sex organs.
    • 1981, William Irwin Thompson, The Time Falling Bodies Take to Light: Mythology, Sexuality and the Origins of Culture, London: Rider/Hutchinson & Co., page 189:
      The second turning of the spiral is the fact that the pink blush of the female genitalia is what lures Enkidu away from his wild companions into what becomes the beginning of his movement into human society.
  2. (by extension) Any sex organs, whether external or internal.

Usage notes[edit]

  • In form, genitalia is plural; the singular would theoretically be *genitale but this is not used.
  • Genitalia may be used with either singular or plural verbs; using plural verbs ("his genitalia are...") is two or three times more common than using singular verbs ("his genitalia is...").
  • Sometimes, when genitalia is treated as singular, the plural genitalias is found, mostly in nonstandard or non-native speakers' English (albeit including non-native speakers' scholarly and scientific writing).

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(external sex organs):

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Latin[edit]

Adjective[edit]

genitālia

  1. nominative/accusative/vocative neuter plural of genitālis

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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Noun[edit]

genitalia m pl (definite plural genitaliene)

  1. form removed with the spelling reform of 2005; superseded by genitalier

Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Noun[edit]

genitalia n pl (definite plural genitaliaa)

  1. genitalia
    Synonym: kjønnsorgan

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Polish[edit]

Polish Wikipedia has an article on:
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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin genitālia.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɡɛ.ɲiˈta.lja/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -alja
  • Syllabification: ge‧ni‧ta‧lia

Noun[edit]

genitalia nvir

  1. genitalia (genitals or sex organs)
    Synonym: przyrodzenie

Declension[edit]

Derived terms[edit]

adjective

Further reading[edit]

  • genitalia in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • genitalia in Polish dictionaries at PWN