A flap of tissue over the entrance to the vagina that breaks when a girl has sex for the first time is an example of a hymen.
Origin of hymen
- Late Latin hymēn from Greek humēn thin skin, membrane syū- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Ancient Greek Ὑμήν (Humen, “Hymen”) or Ὑμέναιος (Humenaios, “Hymenaios”).
- From French hymen, from Ancient Greek ὑμήν (humēn, “skin, membrane”).