• (British) IPA: /ˈklɪtəɹɪs/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈklɪtəɹɪs/, /klɪˈtɔɹɪs/, [kl̴ɪɾəɹɪs]

clitoris (plural clitorises or clitorides)

  1. (anatomy) A sensitive elongated erectile organ at the anterior part of the vulva in female humans and mammals, homologous with the penis. [from 17th c.]
    • 1740, Anonymous, A Dialogue Between a Lady and a Maid:
      Juſt before them, towards the upper Part of the C—t, is a Thing they call Clitoris, which, is a little like a Man's P—k, for it will ſwell, and ſtand like his […].
    • 1999, Natalie Angier, Woman: An Intimate Geography, p. 65:
      The average infant clitoris, when measured from the base of the shaft to the top of the glans, is about 4 or 5 millimeters, the height of a pencil eraser.
  2. (ornithology) A similar erectile sexual organ present in the cloacas of female ratites.
See also Thesaurus:clitoris.

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