The Alternative Latin Dictionary: cunnus

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Entry definition

cunnus etymology Uncertain. Various theories include:
  • Proto-Indo-European *gʷḗn 〈*gʷḗn〉, whence it would be cognate with Mycenaean Greek 𐀓𐀙𐀊 〈𐀓𐀙𐀊〉, Old English cwene, Proto-Slavic *žena, Sanskrit जनि 〈jani〉;
  • Proto-Indo-European *kut-nos, cognate with cutis. The metaphor is identical to the one connecting Latin vulva and English hull, albeit from a different IE root.
  • Other theoretic relation is to Latin cuneus.
pronunciation
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  1. woman
    • Horatius, Sermones, I, 3 , “nam fuit ante Helenam cunnus taeterrima belli<br>causa, sed ignotis perierunt mortibus illi,<br>quos venerem incertam rapientis more ferarum<br>viribus editior caedebat ut in grege taurus.”, 40/41 CE
  2. (vulgar) cunt, cunny (obscene word for the vulva)
  3. (vulgar) female pudendum, pubic hair
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  • Asturian: coñu
  • Catalan: cony
  • Dalmatian: con
  • Galician: cona
  • French: con
  • Hungarian: cuni, cunci (borrowed)
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  • Italian: conno
  • Neapolitan: cunnu
  • Portuguese: cona
  • Sicilian: cunnu
  • Spanish: coño
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