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infibulate

[in-fib-yuh-leyt] /ɪnˈfɪb yəˌleɪt/
verb (used with object), infibulated, infibulating.
1.
to stitch together the vulva of (a girl or woman), often after a clitoridectomy, in order to prevent intercourse.
2.
to stitch the prepuce of (a male).
Related forms
infibulation, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for infibulate

infibulate

/ɪnˈfɪbjʊˌleɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to enclose (esp the genitals, to prevent sexual intercourse) with a clasp
Derived Forms
infibulation, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin infībulāre, from in-² + fibula clasp, fibula
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Word Origin and History for infibulate
v.

1620s, from Latin infibulatus, past participle of infibulare "to close with a clasp," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + fibula "a clasp, pin" (see fibula). Related: Infibulated.

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