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

  • n. A membranous fold of tissue that partly or completely occludes the external vaginal orifice.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A mucous membrane which completely or partially occludes the vaginal opening in human females.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A fold of muscous membrane often found at the orifice of the vagina in virgins; the vaginal membrane. It is usually torn by sexual intercourse.
  • n. A fabulous deity; according to some, the son of Apollo and Urania, according to others, of Bacchus and Venus. He was the god of marriage, and presided over nuptial solemnities.
  • n. Marriage; union as if by marriage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Gr. mythology, the god of marriage, son of Bacchus and Aphrodite (Venus), or of Apollo and one of the Muses, in some legends originally a mortal youth, invoked in hymeneal songs for reasons variously given. Also called Hymenæus.
  • n. Hence Marriage; the wedded state.
  • n. A membrane.

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

  • n. (Greek mythology) the god of marriage
  • n. a fold of tissue that partly covers the entrance to the vagina of a virgin


Late Latin hymēn, from Greek humēn, thin skin, membrane; see syū- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ὑμήν (humēn, "skin, membrane"). (Wiktionary)



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