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clitoris

See also: clitóris and clítoris

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

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

The related noun form κλείς (kleís) 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 (kleitoriázō, touch or titillate lasciviously, tickle) literally "to be inclined (toward pleasure)" (compare German Kitzler (clitoris, literally tickler), related to Greek κλειτύς (kleitús), a variant of κλιτύς (klitús, hillside), related to κλίνω (klínō, I slope), from the same root as κλῖμαξ (klîmaks, ladder). But many sources take κλειτορίς (kleitorís) 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 (as a male clitoris).

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EtymologyEdit

From Ancient Greek κλειτορίς (kleitorís).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

clitoris m (plural clitoris)

  1. clitoris

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