Definitions

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

  • n. The human external genital organs, especially of a woman. Often used in the plural.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An external genital organ in a human; especially a woman’s vulva.
  • n. A shameful part of something.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The external organs of generation, especially of the female; the vulva.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In anatomy: The region of the private parts; the pubes and perineum, together or indiscriminately.
  • n. Specifically, the vulva.
  • n. plural The private parts; the genitals.

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

  • n. human external genital organs collectively especially of a female

Etymologies

Latin, neuter gerundive of pudēre, to make or be ashamed.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin pudenda ("that whereof one ought to feel shame"), substantive use of the neuter plural gerundive of pudet ("it shames"); use in the plural (to mean external genitalia) was far more common than the singular form in Latin, as is the case in English. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The term pudendum or vulva, as generally applied, includes all these parts.

    XI. Splanchnology. 3d. 5. The External Organs

  • Calculi do not form so readily in women, for in them the urethra is short and wide, so that in them the urine is easily expelled; neither do they rub the pudendum with their hands, nor handle the passage like males; for the urethra in women opens direct into the pudendum, which is not the case with men, neither in them is the urethra so wide, and they drink more than children do.

    On Airs, Waters, And Places

  • To be sure, it is very far from my ideas and the principles expressed by me in neuropathology to regard the sexual life as a "pudendum" which should be left unconsidered by the physician and the scientific investigator.

    Dream Psychology Psychoanalysis for Beginners

  • bboyreason - I thought an endpiece was a "pudendum," not an "addendum."

    BSNYC Friday Fun Quiz!

  • Looking forward to Anne Hathaway's appearance as Viola in the current Shakespeare in the Park production of Twelfth Night, Ron Rosenbaum hopes Hathaway will have sense enough to give a certain line a particular reading that will call attention to her pudendum and invite the audience to imagine her naked and speculate about her bikini lines.

    Lance Mannion:

  • Barbara Walters adopted the tone and pose of a rock band groupie when interviewing the newly elected President Jimmy Carter in the fall of 1976. “Be wise with us, governor,” she said. “Be good to us.” Not a request addressed to a fellow citizen, but as with the begging of a golf ball from Tiger Woods or the offering of a pudendum to the members of Mötley Crüe, the propitiation of a god.

    Lewis Lapham: Domesticated Deities: About Messiahs Come to Redeem Our Country, Not Govern It

  • Oregon Idaho Montana Illinois Virginia coffee and a compass my hair shorn rolled whiskey in chloroform worshipped your tongue's pink pelt holy holy holy hot wet cloth pressed to a boil on my pudendum

    FEATURED POET: REBECCA LOUDON

  • Nietzsche wrote that old women are much more skeptical than the men, in thinking that modesty is just the very desireable covering of a pudendum.

    Consecration to a Life of Virginity of Women Living in the World.

  • I fear that women who have grown old are more sceptical in the secret recesses of their hearts than any of the men; they believe in the superficiality of existence as in its essence, and all virtue and profoundity is to them only the disguising of thie truth, the very desireable disguising of a pudendum - an affair, therefore, of decency and modesty, and nothing more.

    In Austin, Texas, I pay my traditional visit to the 10 Commandment monument.

  • He really quivers my quim and makes my pudendum throb.

    Fabio’s Kitchen of Love

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