from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The passage leading from the opening of the vulva to the cervix of the uterus in female mammals.
  • noun A similar part in some invertebrates.
  • noun Biology Any of various sheathlike structures.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In botany, the sheath formed by the basal part of certain leaves where they embrace the stem: a sheath.
  • noun In anatomy and zoology, a sheath; a sheathing or covering part or organ; a case: specifically applied to various structures.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A sheath; a theca.
  • noun Specifically, the canal which leads from the uterus to the external orifice of the genital canal, or to the cloaca.
  • noun (Zoöl.) The terminal part of the oviduct in insects and various other invertebrates. See Illust., of Spermatheca.
  • noun (Bot.) The basal expansion of certain leaves, which inwraps the stem; a sheath.
  • noun (Arch.) The shaft of a terminus, from which the bust or figure seems to issue or arise.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun anatomy The passage leading from the opening of the vulva to the cervix of the uterus for copulation and childbirth in female mammals.
  • noun zoology A similar part in some invertebrates.
  • noun botany A sheath-like structure, such as the leaf of a grass that surrounds a stem.
  • noun colloquial The vulva.

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

  • noun the lower part of the female reproductive tract; a moist canal in female mammals extending from the labia minora to the uterus


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

[Latin vāgīna, sheath.]

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From Latin vāgīna ("sheath").


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  • "To enter life by way of the vagina is as good a way as any." -Henry Miller

    October 4, 2007

  • I found this incredible quotation today.

    And, I love this comic and quote it frequently when among comfortable company (i.e. not at work lunches). (See also dignified. Thanks, lampbane!)

    February 11, 2008

  • Ludicrous word. Not appealing.

    December 23, 2008

  • Not to be conflated with vulva.

    December 23, 2008

  • They're both far more appealing than testicle or scrotum.

    December 23, 2008

  • Vaginas: You either have one, or pay for your drinks.

    August 23, 2009

  • Well, that's odd. I know plenty of people who have them and pay for their drinks.

    August 24, 2009

  • on a separate note, why is this word on so many hate lists?

    August 24, 2009

  • vagina envy...?

    August 24, 2009

  • I don't know. Vajayjay is pretty hated by some also.

    August 24, 2009

  • It's not a great sounding word. When I was young I used to get it confused with, ahem, another word. I remember some grand family gathering - my grandmother had a large house and loved to entertain - where most of the crowd were sat around after a big lunch. I was out in the back garden with my great-uncle, who I knew had a heart condition. I thought he looked a bit peaky, so while he sat down to rest I ran back into the house and blurted out that 'he might need his vagina pills'. The roar of laughter still rings in my ears.

    August 24, 2009

  • the ugliness is really the ugliness of what modern English pronunciation does to the simple sound system of Latin. say it in a Spanish accent--instantly prettier

    there's no shame, bilbers; WeirdNet is on your side. your uncle probably had some kind of tube lined with epithelial cells, right?

    August 24, 2009

  • I hate the way vagina is conflated with vulva. You have to be very very intimate to see anyone's vagina. Vulva is such a nice word, why do so many insist misnaming the vulva vagina?

    December 26, 2015

  • @nesdon. I agree. I see the word vagina misused in mainstream print media. PARIS HILTON FLASHES VAGINA. FORGETS TO WEAR UNDERWEAR. I hear it on TV by people who should know the difference. "Learning how to lose vagina fat can be difficult and even frustrating at times but it is not impossible! Take the time to dedicate to your fitness and health and you will begin to see results. Create a healthy diet plan and a regular workout routine and you will be well on your way. Get started today and burn that unwanted vagina fat!" I find it particularly sad when women don't know their own body parts.

    December 27, 2015

  • I would be surprised if vending machines were aware of all their parts, and could name them accurately.

    January 9, 2016

  • I really hate it when people insist on sticking their fingers in my coin return slot looking for a freebie.

    January 10, 2016

  • *blush*

    January 10, 2016