Definition of Sheela-na-gig in English:

Sheela-na-gig

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Pronunciation: /ˌʃiːlənəˈgɪg
 
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noun

A medieval stone figure of a naked female with the legs wide apart and the hands emphasizing the genitals, found in churches in Britain and Ireland.
More example sentences
  • This temple relief appeared in India during the same year European builders carved Sheela-na-gig on their churches.
  • It has been all too easy in the past to see carvings of Sheela-na-gigs and other female exhibitionists as evidence of a pre-Christian religion.
  • Another of his books, Images of Lust, was a guide to Sheela-na-gigs in Ireland.

Origin

from Irish Sile na gcíoch 'Julia of the breasts'.

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