yoni

yoni

[yoh-nee]
noun
(in Shaktism) the external female genitals regarded as the symbol of Shakti. Compare lingam ( def 2 ).

Origin:
1790–1800; < Sanskrit

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yoni (ˈjəʊnɪ)
 
n
1.  the female genitalia, regarded as a divine symbol of sexual pleasure and matrix of generation and the visible form of Sakti
2.  an image of these as an object of worship
 
[C18: from Sanskrit, literally: vulva, womb]

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yoni
1799, from Skt., "female sexual principle as an object of veneration," lit. "vulva, womb."
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