American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A membranous fold of tissue that partly or completely occludes the external vaginal orifice.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Gr. mythology, the god of marriage, son of Bacchus and Aphrodite (Venus), or of Apollo and one of the Muses, in some legends originally a mortal youth, invoked in hymeneal songs for reasons variously given. Also called Hymenæus.
- n. Hence Marriage; the wedded state.
- n. A membrane. Specifically— In anatomy, a fold of mucous membrane stretched across and partly closing the external orifice of the vagina.
- n. anatomy A mucous membrane which completely or partially occludes the vaginal opening in human females.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Anat.) A fold of muscous membrane often found at the orifice of the vagina in virgins; the vaginal membrane. It is usually torn by sexual intercourse.
- n. (Class Myth.) A fabulous deity; according to some, the son of Apollo and Urania, according to others, of Bacchus and Venus. He was the god of marriage, and presided over nuptial solemnities.
- n. Marriage; union as if by marriage.
- n. (Greek mythology) the god of marriage
- n. a fold of tissue that partly covers the entrance to the vagina of a virgin
- From Ancient Greek ὑμήν (humēn, "skin, membrane"). (Wiktionary)
- Late Latin hymēn, from Greek humēn, thin skin, membrane; see syū- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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