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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ And incidentally may I point out that the proper term for the external female genitalia is vulva.
▪ Let me repeat what I said to Marketing Week; that no woman needs a special washing substance for her vulva.
▪ Rather like Steve, who makes plaster casts of the vulva for drawer handles.
▪ The vulva does not signify birth alone, but the sacredness and creativity of the Goddess's body as a whole.
▪ The same is not true for the vaginal entrance and vulva.
▪ Water based lubricants smeared on the barrier, next to the vulva, will increase sensation.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Vulva \Vul"va\, n. [L. vulva, volva, from volvere to roll.]

  1. (Anat.) The external parts of the female genital organs; sometimes, the opening between the projecting parts of the external organs.

  2. (Zo["o]l.) The orifice of the oviduct of an insect or other invertebrate.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., from Latin vulva, earlier volva "womb, female sexual organ," perhaps literally "wrapper," from volvere "to turn, twist, roll, revolve," also "turn over in the mind," from PIE root *wel- (3) "to turn, revolve," with derivatives referring to curved, enclosing objects (see volvox).


n. (context anatomy English) The external female (l en sexual) (l en organs), collectively.

  1. n. external parts of the female genitalia

  2. [also: vulvae (pl)]


The vulva (, plural vulvae or vulvas) consists of the external genital organs of a woman. The vulva includes the mons pubis, labia majora, labia minora, clitoris, bulb of vestibule, vulval vestibule, urinary meatus, greater and lesser vestibular glands, and the vaginal opening. The urinary meatus is also included as it opens into the vulval vestibule. Other features of the vulva include: the pudendal cleft, sebaceous glands, the urogenital triangle (anterior part of the perineum), and pubic hair.

As the vulva is the gateway to the uterus (womb), a double layer of protection is provided by the folds of the outer and inner labia. The vulva can be affected by many disorders which can often result in itching. Vulvovaginal health measures can prevent many of these.

Vulva (band)

Vulva is the English experimental techno duo of Tim Hutton and the German-born Thomas Melchior.

Hutton and Melchior formed Vulva in 1993, and were signed by Aphex Twin's Rephlex Records. Their first release was From the Cockpit in 1993. The Mini Space Vulvette EP was released in 1994 by the US label Reflective Records. They also recorded as Yoni for German label Source. Their second album, Birdwatch, was released by Rephlex in 1995, and they followed it with Vulvic Yonification in 1997.

Melchior went on to release records under a variety of pseudonyms. Hutton, who had previously released a solo album (Conscious Kind, released in 1991 by Some Bizzare), recorded another, Everything, released in 2000 by Play It Again Sam.

Vulva (disambiguation)

A vulva (plural: vulvas or vulvae) is the region containing external genital organs on female mammals.

Vulva may also refer to:

In zoology:

  • The cyphopod, or vulva, an internal genital structure in female millipedes
  • In nematodes, the external opening of the female reproductive system
  • In spiders, the spermathecae and associated ducts of the female reproductive system (also known as internal epigyne or internal genitalia)


  • Vulva (band), an English techno duo

Usage examples of "vulva".

Arand mentions recovery after atresia of the anus with passage of excrement from the vulva.

His photographs of sexual acts, of sections of automobile radiator grilles and instrument panels, conjunctions between elbow and chromium window-sill, vulva and instrument binnacle, summed up the possibilities of a new logic created by these multiplying artefacts, the codes of a new marriage of sensation and possibility.

Thus, in her first three issues, the Oracular Vulva delivered disquisitions on the erotic art of the Japanese painter Hiroshi Yamamoto, the epidemiology of syphilis, and the sex life of St.

The first ablation is obtained by applying fire or caustics to the nipples, the second by amputation of the breasts, one or both, the third by diverse gashes, chiefly across the breast, and the fourth by resection of the nymphae or of the nymphae and clitoris, and the superior major labia, the cicatrices of which would deform the vulva.

A large quantity of omentum protruded from the vulva and upper part of the vagina, and an enormous rent was left.

Because she wore no pessary, the deep clutching of her vulva around him was direct and intense, a silky, heavenly slickness that drew him on and on.

The name Juno is cognate to the Etruscan Uni, root of the word Universe, and to Yoni, the name for the sacred Vulva and Womb of all life.

Though streaming everywhere with the creamy froth, there was no mistaking the gaping vulva, still remarkably distended.

Pare speaks of a woman who, besides a vulva, from which she menstruated, had a penis, but without prepuce or signs of erectility.

Twenty feet away the blonde maid stood in her black uniform to the right of the naked Sophie, whose wide buttocks and tufted vulva pointed directly toward George as she bent at the waist over the body of the duke.

It took only the merest touch to make her thighs fall wide open, a soft hiss of anticipation escaping her lips as she exposed the sopping, overheated vulva with its turgescent labia gaping slackly and the clitoris, thickened and standing proud - aching for stimulation.

Zoe flinched as she felt the man touch the distended lips of her vulva, then she shook her head in objection, sighing then groaning as he pulled experimentally on the tiny weighted chains that dangled from the clamps that were tight around her delicate folds of flesh.

Zoe writhed desperately as two small bulldog clamps were fastened to the soft outer folds of her vulva.

Surprisingly, she had not been raped, but there were some abrasions of the labia minora of the vulva that indicated rape had been attempted.

While I was sucking, licking and nibbling her clitoris and labia minora, her whole vulva would pulse and I saw the opening of the vagina get wider and close up in spasms.