The motif of a vagina with teeth, occurring in folklore and fantasy and said to symbolize male fears of the dangers of sexual intercourse, especially of castration.
- For her toothy mouth shamelessly crystallizes the archaic fantasy of the vagina dentata.
- As if to suggest a vagina dentata, golden teeth float about its orificelike head.
- I'm not feeling Freudian enough to dwell on the symbolism, but that tunnel with teeth screams vagina dentata.
Early 20th century: dentata, feminine of Latin dentatus 'having teeth'.
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Syllabification: va·gi·na den·ta·ta
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