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

  • n. Plural of labium.

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  • n. The folds of tissue at the opening of the vulva.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • See labium.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of earwigs of the family Forficulidæ, having the body short and the antennæ with fewer than twelve joints. L. minor is the little earwig, a European species found in manure-heaps and hotbeds.
  • n. Plural of labium.


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From Medieval Latin labialis, from Latin labium ("lip").


  • The outer, hair-covered genital lips are called the labia majora.

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  • The outer folds of skin, called the labia majora, are thick and covered with hair.

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  • The vulva consists of folds of skin called labia, and a small organ called the clitoris.

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  • Jesse is stunned; the hair really is red, not the shade of normal human hair and not rough like most dye jobs make it, but natural, soft, wavy human hair the color that red hair is in an old comic book, and the little tuft of it that doesn't quite hide her labia is a shade brighter.

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  • It is possible that Sickert's gender wasn't clearly established until his testicles were discovered in the folds of the so-called labia and it was determined that he had no uterus.

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  • Between the hymen and the frenulum of the labia is the fossa navicularis, while in the groove between the hymen and the labium minus, on either side, the small opening of the greater vestibular (Bartholin’s) gland can be seen.

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  • Between the hymen and the frenulum of the labia is a shallow depression, named the navicular fossa.

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  • If the remaining portions of the hemispheres be slightly drawn apart a broad band of white substance, the corpus callosum, will be observed, connecting them at the bottom of the longitudinal fissure; the margins of the hemispheres which overlap the corpus callosum are called the labia cerebri.

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  • The Talmud calls the labia minora the doors, the labia majora hinges, and the clitoris the key.

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  • Gay can slip into purple excesses of language now and then - if I could, I would wave one of those "Men in Black" wands and erase the phrase "shimmering labia" from my brain - but he can also score a direct hit when he wants to.

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  • Penny Arcade (11/28/03):

    "My parents are coming over tonight. I don't want you to say Labia."

    December 3, 2007