Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. in the shape of a vulva or a vagina, in the shape of a yoni

Etymologies

yoni +‎ -ic, from Sanskrit योनि (yoni). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Coraline, given a magic vagina by the lesbians, is able to see through the illusions of the world and can easily defeat the impotent Other Father who is revealed as a hungry pumpkin, another yonic symbol.

    Nick Mamatas' Journal

  • Created by a member of the Seattle office of the National Council of Jewish Women's to publicize performances of Eve Ensler's Vagina Monologues, the Seattle Times refused to run the yonic ad unless it was altered, with the VP of advertising claiming, "The artwork was something we didn't feel was appropriate for our audience."

    Leslie Goldman: Vaginas Are The New Black

  • Nana, virgin mother of the savior Attis, conceived him by eating either a pomegranate seed or an almond, another yonic symbol.

    Archive 2008-03-01

  • Aphrodite's dove, that other yonic symbol, hovered above the scene.

    Lily

  • Her yonic emblem appeared not only as the French fleu-de-lis but also as the Irish shamrock, which was not originally Irish but a sacred symbol among Indus Valley people some 6000 years before the Christian era.

    Lily

  • Okay, so was the circle of life bit just one huge yonic symbol?

    Write Like A Woman

  • (On second thought, maybe the vowels aren't excessive, considering that vowels do possess a decidedly yonic quality, particularly when contrasted with the testosterone flavor of most consonants.)

    Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates

  • Even the massive heaps of old tires that complete the deadened milieu seem like wrinkly, anti-yonic symbols.

    The House Next Door

  • Now, Boise has its own indie rock supergroup -- with a winkingly yonic twist.

    Boise Weekly

  • This was a sport unconcerned by ungritted stairwells and instead drawn deep into the Lakeside cave towards the yonic heart of the board with its triple-top G-spot.

    Blogposts | guardian.co.uk

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • Shells are classic symbols of the yoni -- think Venus on the half-shell, the slippery flesh of bivalves, the iridescent mother of pearl gleam that coats their inner surface.

    December 25, 2008

  • I just caught this thread. This might be obvious, but an example of a yonic symbol would be anything rounded and open--the 'Omega' sign, an 'O', a opening to a tunnel, etc. It's intentionally vague, of course, just like a phallic symbol is interpreted as basically anything that's stick-like. Sometimes it's just rounded, not even open--some consider a dome shape to be yonic in the same way some see skyscrapers to be phallic. It might be interesting to note that a lot of both religious and capital buildings seem to mysteriously contain both (stick-atop-dome).

    With symbolism like this my initial reflex is to roll my eyes, thinking about grade schoolers making immature, finger-in-hole gestures. But quite a lot of psychology has shown that these sorts of symbols (and a host of many others) do play a part in a sort of unconscious communication in the mind.

    December 25, 2008

  • Although orchid is a word of Greek origin meaning testicle.

    July 17, 2008

  • Yonic symbols have to rely on detail more than silhouette, I think. Georgia O'Keefe's work and orchids come to mind.

    July 17, 2008

  • cf yoni

    July 17, 2008

  • Sounds very Monty Python.

    June 30, 2008

  • My college friends and I came up with an informative song called "A Thing's A Phallic Symbol If It's Longer Than It's Wide" that we used to sing boisterously on Saturday nights. Thanks in part to this song, I have no trouble recognizing phallic symbols. But I don't think I could recognize a yonic symbol.

    What makes something yonic? Is being circular enough? Or does it have to be concave?

    June 30, 2008

  • This one needs to be used more, I think.

    June 30, 2008

  • The female equivalent of phallic.

    November 8, 2007