from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The human external genital organs, especially of a woman. Often used in the plural.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An external genital organ in a human; especially a woman’s vulva.
- n. A shameful part of something.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The external organs of generation, especially of the female; the vulva.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In anatomy: The region of the private parts; the pubes and perineum, together or indiscriminately.
- n. Specifically, the vulva.
- n. plural The private parts; the genitals.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. human external genital organs collectively especially of a female
Latin, neuter gerundive of pudēre, to make or be ashamed.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin pudenda ("that whereof one ought to feel shame"), substantive use of the neuter plural gerundive of pudet ("it shames"); use in the plural (to mean external genitalia) was far more common than the singular form in Latin, as is the case in English. (Wiktionary)