labia

labia

[ley-bee-uh]
noun
plural of labium.
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labium

[ley-bee-uhm]
noun, plural labia [ley-bee-uh] .
1.
a lip or liplike part.
2.
Anatomy.
a.
a lip or lip-shaped structure or part.
b.
any of the folds of skin bordering the vulva.
3.
Botany. the lower lip of a bilabiate corolla.
4.
Entomology. the posterior, unpaired member of the mouthparts of an insect, formed by the united second maxillae.

Origin:
1590–1600; < Latin: lip, akin to lambere to lick, lap3. See labrum1, lip

pseudolabium, noun, plural pseudolabia.
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labia (ˈleɪbɪə)
 
n
the plural of labium

labium (ˈleɪbɪəm)
 
n , pl -bia
1.  a lip or liplike structure
2.  labia majora See labia minora any one of the four lip-shaped folds of the female vulva
3.  the fused pair of appendages forming the lower lip of insects
4.  the lower lip of the corolla of labiate flowers
 
[C16: New Latin, from Latin: lip]

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labia
from L. labia, pl. of labium "lip" (see lip). Specifically of the folds on either side of the vulva from 1630s (labia pudendi).
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labium la·bi·um (lā'bē-əm)
n. pl la·bi·a (-bē-ə)

  1. A lip or lip-shaped anatomical structure.

  2. Any of four folds of tissue of the female external genitalia.

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labium   (lā'bē-əm)  Pronunciation Key 
Plural labia
Either of two pairs of folds of tissue that make up part of the external genitalia of female mammals.
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