See also: genitália

English edit

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Etymology edit

From Latin genitālia, substantive use of plural of genitālis (pertaining to generation or birth).

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ˌd͡ʒɛ.nɪˈteɪ.li.jə/, /ˌd͡ʒɛ.nɪˈteɪ.jəl.jə/, /ˌd͡ʒɛ.nə-/
  • (file)

Noun edit


  1. External sex organs.
    • 1981, William Irwin Thompson, The Time Falling Bodies Take to Light: Mythology, Sexuality and the Origins of Culture, London: Rider/Hutchinson & Co., page 189:
      The second turning of the spiral is the fact that the pink blush of the female genitalia is what lures Enkidu away from his wild companions into what becomes the beginning of his movement into human society.
  2. (by extension) Any sex organs, whether external or internal.

Usage notes edit

  • In form, genitalia is plural; the singular would theoretically be *genitale, but this is not used.
  • Genitalia may be used with either singular or plural verbs; using plural verbs ("his genitalia are...") is two or three times more common than using singular verbs ("his genitalia is...").
  • Sometimes, when genitalia is treated as singular, the plural genitalias is found, mostly in nonstandard or non-native speakers' English (albeit including non-native speakers' scholarly and scientific writing).

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External sex organs

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Latin edit

Adjective edit


  1. nominative/accusative/vocative neuter plural of genitālis

References edit

Norwegian Bokmål edit

Noun edit

genitalia m pl (definite plural genitaliene)

  1. form removed with the spelling reform of 2005; superseded by genitalier

Norwegian Nynorsk edit

Noun edit

genitalia n pl (definite plural genitaliaa)

  1. genitalia
    Synonym: kjønnsorgan

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Polish edit

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Etymology edit

Borrowed from Latin genitālia.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ɡɛ.ɲiˈta.lja/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -alja
  • Syllabification: ge‧ni‧ta‧lia

Noun edit

genitalia nvir pl

  1. genitalia (genitals or sex organs)
    Synonym: przyrodzenie

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Further reading edit

  • genitalia in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • genitalia in Polish dictionaries at PWN