n. pl. vul·vas also vul·vae (-vē)
The external genitals of the female, including the labia majora, labia minora, clitoris, and vestibule of the vagina.
[Latin, womb, covering; see wel-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
vulval, vulvar (-vər, -vär′), vulvate′ (-vāt′, -vĭt) adj.
vulvi·form′ (-və-fôrm′) adj.
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