Definition of vagina dentata in English:

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vagina dentata

Pronunciation: /dɛnˈtɑːtə/


The motif of a vagina with teeth, occurring in folklore and fantasy and said to symbolize male fears of castration or the dangers of sexual intercourse.
Example sentences
  • 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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