vulva

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See also: vulvă and Vulva

English[edit]

Illustration of a vulva.

Etymology[edit]

Learned borrowing from Latin vulva, earlier volva (womb, female sexual organ), probably from volvō (to turn, wrap around). Akin to Sanskrit उल्ब (úlba, womb).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈvʌlvə/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

vulva (plural vulvas or vulvae or vulvæ)

  1. (anatomy) The external female sexual organs, collectively.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:vulva
    Hypernym: genitals
  2. (biology) A protrusion on the side of a nematode.

Usage notes[edit]

See usage notes at vagina for the difference between vulva and vagina.

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Translations[edit]

Further reading[edit]


Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Learned borrowing from Latin vulva.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈvʏl.vaː/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: vul‧va

Noun[edit]

vulva f (plural vulvas or vulvae)

  1. vulva
    Synonyms: schaamspleet, voorbips

Derived terms[edit]

See also[edit]

  • vagina (in specialist language the same sense as English vagina, but in colloquial language synonymous with vulva)

Finnish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Learned borrowing from Latin vulva.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈʋulʋɑ/, [ˈʋulʋɑ]
  • Rhymes: -ulʋɑ
  • Syllabification: vul‧va

Noun[edit]

vulva

  1. (anatomy) vulva
    Synonym: häpy

Declension[edit]

Inflection of vulva (Kotus type 10/koira, no gradation)
nominative vulva vulvat
genitive vulvan vulvien
partitive vulvaa vulvia
illative vulvaan vulviin
singular plural
nominative vulva vulvat
accusative nom. vulva vulvat
gen. vulvan
genitive vulvan vulvien
vulvainrare
partitive vulvaa vulvia
inessive vulvassa vulvissa
elative vulvasta vulvista
illative vulvaan vulviin
adessive vulvalla vulvilla
ablative vulvalta vulvilta
allative vulvalle vulville
essive vulvana vulvina
translative vulvaksi vulviksi
instructive vulvin
abessive vulvatta vulvitta
comitative vulvineen
Possessive forms of vulva (type koira)
possessor singular plural
1st person vulvani vulvamme
2nd person vulvasi vulvanne
3rd person vulvansa

Galician[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Learned borrowing from Latin vulva.

Noun[edit]

vulva f (plural vulvas)

  1. vulva

Interlingua[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin vulva, Italian vulva, English vulva, Spanish vulva, Portuguese vulva, French vulve.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

vulva (plural vulvas)

  1. vulva

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Learned borrowing from Latin vulva, from earlier volva, from the Proto-Indo-European root *welH- (to turn, wind).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈvul.va/
  • Hyphenation: vùl‧va

Noun[edit]

vulva f (plural vulve)

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  1. (anatomy) The external female genitalia; vulva
  2. (by extension, slang, humorous) vagina

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the Proto-Indo-European *welH- (to turn, wind). Cognates include Sanskrit उल्ब (ulba).

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Pronunciation[edit]

Noun 1[edit]

vulva f (genitive vulvae); first declension

  1. (anatomy) the womb
    Synonyms: mātrīx, uterus
  2. (anatomy, chiefly Medieval Latin) the vagina (the external orifice of the female reproductive tract)
    Synonyms: (euphemistic) vāgīna, (vulgar) cunnus, (medieval) valva
    Holonyms: verētrum, muliebria, pudenda, verenda, genitālia, partēs, membra, nātūra

Usage notes[edit]

Unlike its English descendant, refers to the vagina (the internal tract) and not to the vulva (the external genitals), even medievally.

Declension[edit]

First-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative vulva vulvae
Genitive vulvae vulvārum
Dative vulvae vulvīs
Accusative vulvam vulvās
Ablative vulvā vulvīs
Vocative vulva vulvae

Derived terms[edit]

References[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • vulva in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • vulva in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette

Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Learned borrowing from Latin vulva, from earlier volva, from Proto-Indo-European *welH- (to turn, wind).

Noun[edit]

vulva f (plural vulvas)

  1. (anatomy) vulva (the external female sexual organs)
    Synonym: (vulgar) cona

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Learned borrowing from Latin vulva, from earlier volva, from Proto-Indo-European *welH- (to turn, wind).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈbulba/, [ˈbul.β̞a]
  • Hyphenation: vul‧va

Noun[edit]

vulva f (plural vulvas)

  1. (anatomy) vulva (the external female sexual organs)
    Synonym: (vulgar) coño

Derived terms[edit]