yin-yang

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English[edit]

A yin-yang symbol

Etymology[edit]

From Mandarin trad. 陰陽, simpl. 阴阳 (pinyin: yīnyáng), from Middle Chinese 陰陽 (ʔim-yang), from Old Chinese 陰陽 (*qum-lang), from ("dark" → "negative force") + ("bright" → "positive force").

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Noun[edit]

yin-yang (plural yin-yangs)

  1. A circular symbol with white and black sections (), representing the fusion of the concepts of yin and yang
  2. (slang) The vulva or vagina.
    • 1996, David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest, Abacus 2013, page 124:
      U.S.S. Millicent asked Mario if he'd ever seen a girl's yin-yang before.
    • 2009, Stanley William Rogal, What Passes for Love, page 76:
      "So I took off my apron and told her she could shove the job up her ying-yang."

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