The external opening to a woman's vagina or reproductive track is an example of the vulva.
nounpl. -·vae or -·vas
Origin of vulvaModern Latin from Classical Latin vulva, volva, wrapper, covering, womb from volvere, to roll or turn about: see walk
nounpl. vul·vas, also vul·vae
Origin of vulvaLatin womb, covering ; see wel-2 in Indo-European roots.
- vul′val vul′var vul′vate′
(plural vulvas or vulvae or vulvæ)
- (anatomy) The external female sexual organs, collectively.
Vagina is often used to refer to the vulva or female genitals generally, even though strictly speaking the vagina is a wholly internal structure. Calling the vulva the vagina is rather like calling the lips the mouth or throat.