transitive verbvulned, vuln·ing, vulns
To wound (oneself) by biting at the breast. Used of the pelican, which was once believed to feed its young with its blood, as a heraldic motif and symbol of Christ.
Origin of vulnFrom Latin vulnerāre to wound ; see vulnerable .
(third-person singular simple present vulns, present participle vulning, simple past and past participle vulned)
- (heraldry) to wound, especially in the typical portrayal of a pelican
Latin, irregularly from vulnerÄre.
- (computing, informal) vulnerability (a weakness in software etc. that can be maliciously exploited)