From Latin pudenda (“that whereof one ought to feel shame”), substantive use of the neuter plural gerundive of pudet (“it shames”); use in the plural (to mean external genitalia) was far more common than the singular form in Latin, as is the case in English.
- (RP) enPR: pyo͝odĕnʹdəm, pyo͞odĕnʹdəm, IPA: /pjʊˈdɛndəm/, /pjuːˈdɛndəm/, SAMPA: /pjU"dEnd@m/, /pju:"dEnd@m/
- (RP) enPR: pyo͞odĕnʹdəm, IPA: /pjuˈdɛndəm/, SAMPA: /pju"dEnd@m/
NounPudendum (plural pudenda)
- (usually in the plural) An external genital organ in a human; especially a woman’s vulva.
- (figuratively) A shameful part of something.
- This term appears far more frequently in the plural — as pudenda — than in the singular, analogously with genitalia, which is rarely encountered in its obscure singular form genitale, and with genitals, a plurale tantum whose supposed singular form genital is an adjective in English.
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From pudet (“it shames”).
2 The present active infinitive of the parent verb may instead be used.
- nominative neuter singular of pudendus
- accusative masculine singular of pudendus
- accusative neuter singular of pudendus
- vocative neuter singular of pudendus