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penis Syllabification: pe·nis
Pronunciation: /ˈpēnis/

Definition of penis in English:

noun (plural penises or penes-nēz)

1The male genital organ of higher vertebrates, carrying the duct for the transfer of sperm during copulation. In humans and most other mammals, it consists largely of erectile tissue and serves also for the elimination of urine.
Example sentences
  • If surgery is approved, the testes and erectile tissue of the penis are removed under general anaesthetic.
  • Length can be added by division of the penile suspensory ligament that tethers the penis to the pubic arch.
  • In men, they may be found on the tip or shaft of the penis, the scrotum or the anus.
1.1 Zoology A type of male copulatory organ present in some invertebrates, such as gastropod mollusks.


Late 17th century: from Latin, 'tail, penis'.

  • pen from Middle English:

    The earliest pens for writing were made from a feather with its quill sharpened and split to form a nib which was dipped in ink. The origin of pen reflects this, going back to Latin penna ‘feather’. The idea that the pen is mightier than the sword appeared in the works of the Latin author Cicero in the 2nd century bc. The origin of Old English pen in the sense of an animal enclosure is not known. See also panache, pin

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