Definitions

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

Etymologies

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

[Latin vāgīna, sheath.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin vāgīna ("sheath").

Examples

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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