from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Anatomy The passage leading from the opening of the vulva to the cervix of the uterus in female mammals.
- n. Anatomy A similar part in some invertebrates.
- n. Botany A sheathlike structure, such as the leaf of a grass that surrounds a stem.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The passage leading from the opening of the vulva to the cervix of the uterus for copulation and childbirth in female mammals.
- n. A similar part in some invertebrates.
- n. A sheath-like structure, such as the leaf of a grass that surrounds a stem.
- n. The vulva.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A sheath; a theca.
- n. Specifically, the canal which leads from the uterus to the external orifice of the genital canal, or to the cloaca.
- n. The terminal part of the oviduct in insects and various other invertebrates. See Illust., of Spermatheca.
- n. The basal expansion of certain leaves, which inwraps the stem; a sheath.
- n. The shaft of a terminus, from which the bust or figure seems to issue or arise.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In botany, the sheath formed by the basal part of certain leaves where they embrace the stem: a sheath.
- n. In anatomy and zoology, a sheath; a sheathing or covering part or organ; a case: specifically applied to various structures.
- n. In architecture, the upper part of the pedestal of a terminus, from which the bust or figure seems to issue or arise; a sheath or gaine. [Rare or obsolete.]
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the lower part of the female reproductive tract; a moist canal in female mammals extending from the labia minora to the uterus
Latin vāgīna, sheath.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin vāgīna ("sheath"). (Wiktionary)