Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small elongated erectile organ at the anterior part of the vulva, homologous with the penis.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small sensitive elongated erectile organ at the anterior part of the vulva in female mammals, homologous with the penis.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small organ at the upper part of the vulva in females, homologous to the penis in the male.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An erectile organ of the female of most mammals, including the human species, and of sundry birds, as the ostrich, differing from the penis of the male chiefly in its smaller size and usually imperforate state, being as a rule not perforated or grooved by a urethra, though it is so in some animals, as lemurs.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a female sexual organ homologous to the penis

Etymologies

New Latin clītoris, from Greek kleitoris.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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. (Wiktionary)

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