clitoris

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Ancient Greek κλειτορίς (kleitoris), a diminutive of uncertain origin, probably from κλείω (kleiō, I sheathe, shut), in reference to its being covered by the labia minora.

The related noun form κλείς (kleis) has a second meaning of "a key, a latch or hook (to close a door)." Wooden pegs were the original keys; a connection also revealed in Latin clavis (nail) and claudere (to shut) (see close). Some medical sources give a supposed Greek verb κλειτοριάζω (kleitoriazō, touch or titillate lasciviously, tickle) literally "to be inclined (toward pleasure)" (compare German Kitzler (clitoris), literally "tickler"), related to Greek κλειτύς (kleitus), a variant of κλιτύς (klitus, hillside), related to κλίνω (klinō, I slope), from the same root as κλῖμαξ (klimaks, ladder). But many sources take κλειτορίς (kleitoris) literally as Ancient Greek "little hill". Compare clit.

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈklɪtəɹɪs/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈklɪtəɹɪs/, /klɪˈtɔɹɪs/

NounEdit

clitoris (plural clitorises or clitorides)

  1. (anatomy) A sensitive elongated erectile organ at the anterior part of the vulva in female mammals, homologous with the penis.

SynonymsEdit

See also Wikisaurus:clitoris.

HypernymsEdit

  • primordial phallus, genital tubercle
  • genitals

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Ancient Greek κλειτορίς (kleitoris).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

clitoris m (plural clitoris)

  1. clitoris
Last modified on 9 February 2014, at 11:51