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ˈklɪt ər ɪs, klɪˈtɔr ɪs, -ˈtoʊr-; klɪˈtɔr ɪˌdiz, -ˈtoʊr-cli·toris

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. clitoris, clit, button(noun)

    a female sexual organ homologous to the penis


  1. clitoris(Noun)

    A small sensitive elongated erectile organ at the anterior part of the vulva in female mammals, homologous with the penis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Clitoris(noun)

    a small organ at the upper part of the vulva, homologous to the penis in the male

    Etymology: [NL., fr. Gr. kleitori`s, fr. klei`ein to shut up. It is concealed by the labia pudendi.]


  1. Clitoris

    The clitoris is a female sexual organ present in mammals, ostriches and a limited number of other animals. In humans, the visible button-like portion is near the front junction of the labia minora, above the opening of the urethra. Unlike the penis, the male variant of the clitoris, it usually does not contain the distal portion or opening of the urethra and is therefore not used for urination. While few animals urinate through the clitoris, the spotted hyena, which has a particularly well-developed clitoris, urinates, mates and gives birth via the organ. Other carnivorous animals, and some mammals such as lemurs and spider monkeys, also have a well-developed clitoris. The clitoris is the human female's most sensitive erogenous zone and the primary source of female sexual pleasure. In humans and other mammals, it develops from an outgrowth in the embryo called the genital tubercle. Initially undifferentiated, the tubercle develops into either a penis or a clitoris, depending on the presence or absence of the protein tdf, which is codified by a single gene on the Y chromosome. The clitoris is a complex structure, and its size and sensitivity can vary. The glans of the human clitoris is roughly the size and shape of a pea, and is estimated to have more sensory nerve endings than any other part of the human body.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Clitoris

    klī′tō-ris, n. a homologue of the penis present, as a rudimentary organ, in the female of many higher vertebrates.—ns. Clī′torism; Clitorī′tis. [Gr.]

Editors Contribution

  1. clitoris

    A type of organ in the body of a female human being and specific animals.

    The female clitoris can sense and respond to touch.

    Submitted by MaryC on September 5, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of clitoris in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of clitoris in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of clitoris in a Sentence

  1. Ian Kerner:

    Regardless of size, most intercourse positions fail to directly stimulate the clitoris -- the epicenter of the female orgasm, men who care about their female partner's sexual satisfaction should worry less about their penile dimensions and more about getting' cliterate.'.

  2. Renee Bergstrom:

    So, she took me to a doctor who said, 'I can fix that,' and removed my clitoris.

  3. United States:

    What I believe is, if (the clitoris) wasn't necessary, God wouldn't have put it there.

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    the part of the alimentary canal between the stomach and the anus
    • A. bowel
    • B. assortment
    • C. apex
    • D. trigger

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