From Latin pudenda (“that whereof one ought to feel shame”), substantive use of the neuter plural gerundive of pudet (“it shames”); in Latin the usage in the plural form (to mean external genitalia), was far more common than the singular form, as is also the case in English.
pudendum (plural pudenda)
- (usually in the plural) An external genital organ in a human; especially a woman’s vulva.
- (in the plural) A person’s genital organ, mons pubis, anus, and buttocks collectively.
- (figuratively) A shameful part of something.
- This term appears far more frequently in the plural — as pudenda — than in the singular, analogously with genitalia, which is rarely encountered in its obscure singular form genitale, and with genitals, a plurale tantum whose supposed singular form genital is an adjective in English.
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From pudet (“it shames”).
- (Classical) IPA(key): /puˈden.dum/, [pʊˈd̪ɛn̪d̪ʊ̃ˑ]
- (modern Italianate Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /puˈden.dum/, [puˈd̪ɛn̪d̪um]
Second declension, defective.
There is no nominative form. The present active infinitive of the parent verb is used in situations that require a nominative form.
The accusative may also be substituted by the infinitive in this way.