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

  • n. Hinduism A stylized representation of a vulva worshiped as a symbol of a goddess or Shakti.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The female sexual organs, or a symbol of them, especially as an object of veneration within certain types of Hinduism, Buddhism, and other cultures.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The symbol under which Sakti, or the personification of the female power in nature, is worshiped. Cf. lingam.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The female organ of generation or a symbol thereof. Compare lingam.


Sanskrit yoniḥ, womb, abode, source.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Sanskrit योनि (yoni). (Wiktionary)



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  • My personal favourite word for female genitalia

    March 5, 2009

  • ... When the yoni is pressed by the lingam for a long time, it is called 'pressing' ...

    July 17, 2008

  • The yoni (Sanskrit योिन yoni) is the Sanskrit word for "divine passage", "place of birth", "womb" (more as nature as a womb and cradle of all creations) or "sacred temple" (cf. lila).

    Also has a wider meaning in both profane and spiritual contexts, covering a range of meanings of "place of birth, source, origin, spring, fountain, place of rest, repository, receptacle, seat, abode, home, lair, nest, stable" (Monier-Williams).

    The yoni is also considered to be symbolic of Shakti or other goddesses of a similar nature.

    In classical texts such as Kama Sutra, yoni refers to vagina.


    July 17, 2008