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

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Hindu Myth.) The symbol under which Sakti, or the personification of the female power in nature, is worshiped. Cf. lingam.

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

  • noun 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 American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Sanskrit yoniḥ, womb, abode, source.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Sanskrit योनि (yoni).


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word yoni.



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

  • 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

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

    July 17, 2008

  • My personal favourite word for female genitalia

    March 5, 2009