orifice

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French, from Old French, from Late Latin orificium (an opening, literally the making of a mouth), compound of os (mouth) + facio (to make).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɒɹɪfɪs/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈɔɹəfɪs/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

orifice (plural orifices)

  1. A mouth or aperture, such as of a tube, pipe, etc.; an opening.
    the orifice of an artery or vein; the orifice of a wound; the vagina and other orifices
  2. (slang, derogatory) A stupid or objectionable person.
    • 2016, Niels Saunders, Mervyn Vs. Dennis:
      “Peanuts aren't nuts, you orifice. They're legumes.”

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References[edit]

  • (stupid or objectionable person): Tony Thorne (2014), “orifice”, in Dictionary of Contemporary Slang, 4th edition, London; []: Bloomsbury

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin orificium.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

orifice m (plural orifices)

  1. an orifice

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