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clitoris

Definition:

a female sexual organ homologous to the penis

Class:

body noun (body parts)

Derivatives:

clitoral | clitoric

Plurals:

clitorides | clitorises

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

button | clit

Etymology:

coined in Modern Latin, from Late Greek kleitoris, a diminutive, but the exact...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Clitoris

a female sexual organ present in mammals, ostriches and a limited number of other animals. In humans, the visible button-like portion is near the front junction of the labia minora, above the opening of the urethra. Unlike the penis, the male variant... (42 of 15597 words, pronunciations, 8 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Clitoris

Britannica Encyclopedia:

clitoris [anatomy]

female erogenous organ capable of erection under sexual stimulation. A female homologue of the male penis, the clitoris develops from the genital ... (22 of 156 words, 2 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/121900​/clitoris

Collins Dictionary:

clitoris | clitoral [adjective, derived]

a part of the female genitalia consisting of a small elongated highly sensitive erectile organ at the front of the vulva: homologous with the penis (25 of 405 words, 6 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/clitoris

Wiktionary:

clitoris [anatomy] | clitorises [plural] | clitorides [plural] | clit [synonym] | button [synonym] | clits [slang, plural]

A sensitive elongated erectile organ at the anterior part of the vulva in female mammals, homologous with the penis. (19 of 134 words, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/clitoris

Merriam-Webster:

clitoris | clitorises [plural] | clitorides [plural] | clitoral [adjective, related] | clitoric [adjective, related]

a small erectile female organ located within the anterior junction of the labia minora that develops from the same embryonic mass of tissue as the ... (25 of 71 words, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/clitoris

Oxford Dictionary:

clitoris | clitoral [derived]

a small, sensitive, erectile part of the female genitals at the anterior end of the vulva (16 of 49 words, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/clitoris

New World Dictionary:

clitoris | clitorises [plural] | clitorides [plural] | clitoral [related]

a small, sensitive, erectile organ at the upper end of the vulva (12 of 46 words, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/clitoris

Macmillan British Dictionary:

clitoris [countable] | clitorises [plural]

a woman's sexual organ just above her vagina that gives a lot of sexual pleasure when it's touched (18 of 44 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/clitoris

American Heritage Dictionary:

clitoris | clitoral [adjective, related]

A small elongated erectile organ at the anterior part of the vulva, homologous with the penis. (16 of 37 words, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/clitoris

Cambridge Dictionary:

clitoris | clitoral [adjective, derived]

a sexual organ above the vagina which can give a woman sexual pleasure when it's touched (16 of 27 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/clitoris

Random House Dictionary:

clitoris [anatomy]

the erectile organ of the vulva, homologous to the penis of the male. (13 of 22 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/clitoris

Columbia Encyclopedia:

button

knoblike appendage used on wearing apparel either for ornament or for fastening. Although buttons were sometimes used as fasteners by Greeks and ... (22 of 208 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/society​/A​0809656​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

clitoris | clitorises [plural] | clitorides [plural]

a sensitive erectile female sex organ at the front junction of the labia minora in the vulva (17 of 49 words, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861597878​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

clitoris

First use: 1610s

Origin: coined in Modern Latin, from Late Greek kleitoris, a diminutive, but the exact sense is uncertain. Perhaps from Greek kleiein "to ... (22 of 176 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=clitoris

clit

First use: by 1960s

Origin: slang shortening of "clitoris".

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=clit

Wiktionary:

clitoris [anatomy] | clitorises [plural] | clitorides [plural]

Origin: 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.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/clitoris

clit [slang] | clits [plural]

Origin: Shortened from clitoris.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/clit

New World Dictionary:

clitoris | clitorises [plural] | clitorides [plural]

Origin: Modern Latin from Greek kleitoris from kleitys, variant of klitys, hill; akin to klinein, to slope: see "incline"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/clitoris

Collins Dictionary:

clitoris

First use: 17th century

Origin: from New Latin, from Greek kleitoris; related to Greek kleiein to close

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/clitoris

American Heritage Dictionary:

clitoris

Origin: New Latin clītoris, from Greek kleitoris; see klei- in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/clitoris

Oxford Dictionary:

clitoris

Origin: early 17th century: modern Latin, from Greek kleitoris

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/clitoris

Merriam-Webster:

clitoris | clitorises [plural] | clitorides [plural]

First use: 1615

Origin: New Latin, from Greek kleitoris

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/clitoris

Encarta Dictionary:

clitoris | clitorises [plural] | clitorides [plural]

First use: Early 17th century

Origin: modern Latin from Greek kleitoris "little hill"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861597878​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wikipedia:

Clitoris

Audio 1: "Clitoris pronunciation 1"

Audio 2: "Clitoris pronunciation 2"

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Collins Dictionary:

clitoris

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "clitoris"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/clitoris

clit [informal] | clitoris

Audio: British English pronunciation of "clit"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/clit

Macmillan British Dictionary:

clitoris [countable] | clitorises [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "clitoris"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/clitoris

Macmillan American Dictionary:

clitoris [countable] | clitorises [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "clitoris"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/clitoris

Cambridge Dictionary:

clitoris

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "clitoris"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "clitoris"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/clitoris

the Free Dictionary:

clitoris

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "clitoris"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "clitoris"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "clitoris" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/clitoris

clit

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "clit"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "clit"

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/clit

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

clitoris

Audio: North American pronunciation of "clitoris"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=clitor​03 word=clitoris

clitoris

Audio: North American pronunciation of "clitoris"

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YourDictionary Audio:

clitoris

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "clitoris" by speech synthesizer

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