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April 2022

Updated: Jul 12, 2022


Ancient Greek

Greek (kleitorís), probably from Ancient Greek (kleíō, “I sheathe, shut”), in reference to its being covered by the labia minora. Some medical sources give a supposed Greek verb (kleitoriázō, “touch or titillate lasciviously, tickle”) literally "to be inclined toward pleasure". Many sources take (kleitorís) literally as Ancient Greek "little hill".

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