The Yoni

The following list contains names and allegorical descriptions for the yoni or vulva, the visible outer parts of the female genitals. The listing is based on my book The Yoni (1996), but has been revised and enlarged over the years.
There are other respectful, beautiful and positive names here besides yoni, yet there are terms here as well which I don't like - or at least not the negative concept they represent. However, in the spirit of serious research, also that category had to be included.

Abou: 4 Arabic names for various types of the yoni, her lips and clitoris. The Arab words and any quotations given here are from the 16th century erotic manual known as The Perfumed Garden.

  1. Abou cheuffrine (the double-lipped): A yoni with lips that are either long and hanging or which are exceptionally thick and large as in the case of some very full women.
  2. Abou djebaha (one with a projection): Name for a large yoni with a projecting, fleshy forehead.
  3. Abou khochime (the snub-nose): Name for a yoni with thin lips and a small tongue (i.e. clitoris).
  4. Abou tertour (the crested one): A yoni with a red comb, like that of a rooster, which rises at the moment of enjoyment.

Ace - 19th ct. England
alkul - Tamil: mons pubis, yoni
Alpha and Omega - Greek, "from beginning to end", "most important"

Beaver - early 20th ct. USA
Blackness - used by Shakespeare in his Othello
Black Hole - 20th ct., based on the socalled "black holes" known in modern physics
Boat - used by Shakespeare in his King Lear
Bon-Tembo - Japanese (Tachikawa): the celestial yoni
Bottomless Pit - England
Box - early 20th ct. USA
Bread - used by Chaucer in his Canterbury Tales
Bun - 17th ct. England
Bunny - 18th ct. England; see also cony

Cake - early 20th ct. England
Carnal Trap - 17th ct. England
Cat - USA, see also chat (French) and pussy
Cave - ancient China and 18th ct. England
Cellar - England
Center of Attraction
Center of Bliss
Center of Desire - all three terms used by John Cleland in his novel Fanny Hill (18th ct. England)
Chalice - code used in Western esoteric schools
Chat - French word for cat, an equivalent to pussy
Chink - 19th ct. England
Chitrini-Yoni - India: The yoni of the Chitrini (S: citrini, "fancy woman") is rounded and soft, and easily and quickly lubricated, with little pubic hair. Her love-juice is said to be exceptionally hot, to smell sweet and to taste as honey.
Chu-bin - Japanese; indicates a specific location (middle) of the yoni
Cinnabar Cleft - Chinese/Taoist
Cinnabar Hole - Chinese
Civet - from the Arabic zabad, refers to civet perfume
Cleft - 17th ct. England, see also quim
Con - French
Concha - Lat., "conch shell"; secret code for yoni
Conno - Italian, based on the Latin cunnus
Coño - Spanish
Cony - 16th ct. English for rabbit
Cookie - 20th ct. USA
Cookies - 18th ct. England, for both yoni and labia
Coyote - 19th ct. England
Crack - 16th ct. England
Cranny - 19th ct. England
Crease - 19th ct. USA
Crevice - 19th ct. England
Crown and Feathers - 19th ct. England, indicating yoni and pubic hair
Crumpet - 19th ct. England (soft bread)
Cucurbite - Lat., alchemist's code
Cunni, Cunnikin - 19th ct. England
Cunnus - Latin version of the Greek konnos
Cunt - English (at least 14th ct.). Probably developed - via cunnus - from the Greek konnos and kunthus, possibly even from the Indian kunti.
Cunte, Counte - old Middle-English precursor of cunt
Cupid's Alley
Cupid's Cave
Cupid's Cloister - 19th ct. England. All three terms are based on Cupid, the Roman equivalent of the Greek god Eros
Cushion - 19th ct. England
Cut - 18th ct. England, similar to gash and wound
Cwithe - old English, "womb". Later developed into the terms quiff and quim
Cylinder - early 20th ct. Australia
Cynthus - alternative spelling of Kunthus

Daikoku - Japanese (Tachikawa): the dark earth yoni
Daisy - 19th ct. England
Dark Gate - Chinese; hsüan-men
Dead-end Street - Canadian slang
Delphos - see fish
Ditch - 19th ct. England
Doorway of Life - Chinese
Downy Bit - 19th ct. England, yoni and pubis
Dragon's Pearl - see Bon-Tembo
Drain - 19th ct. England

El addad - El zeunbour
27 Arabic names for various types of the yoni. The Arab words and any "marked quotations" given here are from the 16th ct. erotic manual known as The Perfumed Garden.

  1. El addad ("the biter"). El addad is a synonym for the yoni known as El deukkak and has no connection whatsoever with the vagina dentata.
  2. El aride ("the large one"). The thick and fleshy yoni of a large and heavy woman.
  3. El ass ("the primordial"). A general term applied to any kind of yoni.
  4. El cheukk ("the chink"). The hard yoni of a very lean or bony woman "with not a vestige of flesh".
  5. El deukkak ("the crusher") A yoni that makes crushing and clinging movements upon the lingam once he has entered, takes him into her grip (with the pelvic muscles) and would, if possible, even absorb a man's testicles.
  6. El feurdj ("passage, opening, slit") The most general Arabian term for the yoni, without any typological specifics. The same word is also applied to a passage between two mountains. Interesting is the fact that with only tiny diacritical mark added, the term means "deliverance from misfortunes".
  7. El gueunfond ("the hedgehog") Name for a yoni "dried up with age and with bristly hair".
  8. El hacene ("the beautiful") A yoni that is white, firm and plump; "without any deformity" and "vaulted like a dome". A mere look at her makes a "feeble erection into a strong one"; it is almost impossible to take one's eyes off her again.
  9. El harr ("the hot one") The "highly esteemed" yoni which is both tight and warm, or even hot: "possessing an intrinsic heat" that equals "the fire of love."
  10. El harrab("the fugitive") A small and tight yoni who is also "short". As such, with penetration often being painful, she's a 'fugitive' trying to evade many types of men.
  11. El hezzaz ("the restless") The eagerly moving yoni of a woman starved for sexual play and enjoyment. Very similar to the descriptions of El moudd (A: "the accommodating") and El mouaine (A: "the assistant").
  12. El keuss ("the vulva") The name is usually used for the "soft, seductive, perfect" and pleasantly smelling yoni of a young woman; plump and round "in every direction, with long lips, grand slit"; dry yet warm. The text follows this description with the prayer "May God grant us the possession (sic!) of such a vulva! Amen".
  13. El laddid ("the delicious") A yoni with "the reputation of affording unprecedented pleasure".
  14. El lezzaz ("the unionist") A synonym for El deukkak.
  15. El merour ("the deep one") A yoni which "always has the mouth open".
  16. El meusass ("the sucker") A synonym for El deukkak
  17. El meusbeul ("the long one") A name for several types of yoni, regardless of specific details, as long as the outer appearance is longish, reaching from the pubis to the anus. El meusbeul seems to lengthen when the woman is standing or lying down, yet contracts when she is sitting; "differing in this respect", says the text, "from the vulva of a round shape".
  18. El mokaour ("the bottomless") The very deep type of yoni (vagina, in fact). Such a woman will require a certain type of partner or activity to truly arouse and satisfy her fully.
  19. El neuffakh ("the swelling one") This yoni is only described as "opening and shutting convulsively", like "the vulva of a mare", at "the moment of climax".
  20. El ouasa ("the vast one") A yoni who opens herself widely when exited.
  21. El relmoune ("the voluptuous") A name for the yoni of a young girl or woman before her first coitus (a so-called virgin).
  22. El sabeur ("the resigned") A yoni who "suffers resignedly" any number of penetrations and even "violent and prolonged coition". Even after "a hundred times", and even with "several" partners, she would not be "annoyed" but would rather "give thanks to God".
  23. El sakouti ("the silent one") The yoni who makes no noise, even if she is entered "a hundred times".
  24. El taleb ("the yearning one") Name for the yoni of a woman who has been abstinent for too long, or, who is naturally more sexually demanding than her partner.
  25. El tseguil ("the importunate") The tireless yoni of a free and passionate woman with strong sexual demands who "would want still more" even after "a hundred times". Typically fearful of such women who are the "pursuer" instead of the "pursued", the author writes: "Luckily, it is a rarity, and only found in a small number of women who are wild with passion, all on fire, aglow." Little did he know.
  26. El zerzour ("the starling") The yoni of a very young girl.
  27. El zeunbour ("the wasp") A yoni receiving her name by the nature of the pubic hair surrounding it, or, as the text says: "the strength and roughness of its fur." To the entering lingam the hair feels like stings from a wasp.

Eye - 16th ct. England

Fanny - 18th ct. England, yoni (in the USA: buttocks)
Fiddle - 19th ct. England
Fig - from the Greek
Fish - 19th ct. England, the Greek delphos means fish and womb
Fish Pond - 20th ct. USA
Flap - 19th ct. England
Fleshy Idol - 19th ct. England
Flower - 16th ct. England, refers to hymen, sometimes to yoni
Flower of Chivalry - 19th ct. England
Flying Dragon - see Fu-Tembo
Fruitful Vine - 19th ct. England
Fufu - Manchu (Tungus language)
Furrow - 19th ct. England, possibly from the Lat. sulcus
Fu-Tembo - Japanese (Tachikawa): the soft wind yoni
Futz - 20th ct. USA, probably (after WW II) from the German "Fotze"

Garden - 16th ct. England
Garden Gate - 19th ct. England
Gash - 18th ct. England
Gate - 19th ct. England
Gate of Jewels - Japanese
Ge-bin - Japanese; indicates a specific location (low) of the yoni
Genitals - Lat., genitalis, "birth"
Gig - 17th ct. England; also "loose woman, mistress" (14th ct.)
Golden Gate - Chinese; chin-men
Golden Gully - Chinese
Green Grove - 19th ct. England, yoni and pubis
Grotto - 19th ct. England
guhe - common Nepali term comparable to vulva
Gully - 19th ct. England
Gunaikeios kteis - Greek "vulva", with the term gunaikeios being the root of "gynecology".

Happy Valley - 20th ct. England
Hastini-Yoni - India: The yoni of the Hastini (S: "elephant-woman") is large and deep, and enjoys much stimulation of the clitoris. Her love-juice is said to taste and smell like the musky perspiration that collects on a rutting elephant's forehead.
Heaven - 19th ct. England
Heavenly Gate - Chinese
Hell - 18th ct. England
Hidden Place - Chinese
Hole of Holes - 19th ct. England, pun on "Holy of Holies"
Home Sweet Home - 19th ct. England
Honeypot - 18th ct. England
Hot Lips - 19th ct. England, yoni and labia

Inner Heart - Chinese
Ivory Gate - 19th ct. England

Jade Door - Chinese
Jade Gate - Chinese; yü-men
jaldri - common Nepali term comparable to vulva
Jam - 19th ct. England
Janey - 20th ct., lesbian slang
Jelly Roll - 20th ct. USA
Jo-bin - Japanese; indicates a specific location (high) of the yoni. High means forward and upward towards the mons pubis

Ka-t - Egyptian, mother as well as yoni (literally: the body of her)
Ka-Tembo - Japanese (Tachikawa): the hairy fire yoni
Kohe - Polynesian (Hawaii): yoni
Kohe lele - Polynesian (Hawaii): the "flying yoni" of the goddess Kapo
Koilia - Greek: cavity, womb
Konnos - Greek
Kteis - Greek, "scallop shell" and yoni
Kunti - Sanskrit; name of a Goddess and a term for the yoni
Kunthus/Cynthus - Greek; name of a Goddess and a term for the yoni
Kut - Dutch (slang)
Kvithe - Teutonic

Lap - 16th ct. England
Living Fountain - 17th ct. England
Lock - 18th ct. England
Long Eye - 19th ct. England
Lotus of Her Wisdom - Sanskrit; Tantric expression. See also padma
Ludibria - Lat., from ludibrium, meaning both "shame" and "toy"

mahayoni - Sanskrit, "Great Yoni"
Main Avenue - 19th ct. England
Mango - 20th ct.; used by Canadian singer Bruce Cockburn
Man Trap - 18th ct. England
Marble Arch - 19th ct. England, after the London monument
Meadow - 19th ct. England, yoni and pubis
Mizu-Tembo - Japanese (Tachikawa): the moist water yoni
momo - Japanese for "peach"; used as an equivalent of yoni
Mortar - 19th ct. England
Moss-Rose - 19th ct. England, yoni and pubic hair
Mt. Pleasant - 19th ct. England, based on 'mound of Venus'
Muschi - German equivalent of pussy
Mysterious Gate - Chinese; hsüan-kuan
Mysterious Valley - Chinese; hsüan-ku
Mystic Rose - code, Western esoteric schools

Navel - code used in the biblical Song of Songs
Nether Eye - 14th ct. England
Nether Mouth - 18th ct. England
Nonok - Bahasa Indonesian, slang
Noose - 20th ct.
Nursery - 19th ct. England

O - 17th ct. England
Oracle - 19th ct. England, from Lat., orare, "to request"
Orange - 18th ct. England
Orchard - 16th ct. England
Orifice - 16th ct. England
Oyster - 19th ct. England

padma - Sanskrit for lotus flower, also a synonym for yoni
Padmini-Yoni - India: The yoni of the Padmini (S: "lotus-woman") is like a flower and enjoys to feel the rays of the sun (i.e. to be seen in daylight) and the strong touch of hands. Her love-juice is said to smell like a newly blossoming lotus.
Papaya - 20th ct.
Paradise - 17th ct. England
Peach - allegorical name for the yoni, especially when describing taste and/or wetness
Phoenix - Chinese
Pillow of Musk - Chinese
Pit of Darkness - 17th ct. England
Pleasure Garden - 17th ct. England
Precious Crucible - Chinese/Taoist
Promised Land - 19th ct. England
Pudendum - from Lat., pudere, "to be ashamed"
Pure Lily - Chinese
Purple Mushroom Peak - Chinese
Pussy, Puss - 17th ct. England

Qitbus - Gothic
Quaint - modern spelling of Queynthe
Queynthe - code for cwithe
Quiff - 18th ct. England, variation on Quim
Quim - 16th ct., based on Celtic Cwn, "cleft, valley"

Red Ball - Chinese; hung-ch'iu
Retort - Lat., Alchemist's code
Rose - 18th ct. England

Secret Cavern - Chinese
Sensitive Cave - Chinese
Sex - 19th ct. England
Shankini-Yoni - India: The yoni of the Shankhini (S: sankhini, the "fairy" or "conch-woman" ) is said to be always moist, to be covered with much hair and to love being kissed and licked. Her love-juice is very abundant and said to taste salty/acidic.
Shrine of Love - 19th ct. England
Slit - 17th ct. England
Snatch - 19th ct. England
Split - 19th ct. England
Split Apricot - 19th ct. England
Squirrel - 20th ct. USA
Star - 18th ct. England
Sugar Basin - 19th ct. England
Sulcus - Lat., "furrow"

Treasury - 16th ct. England
Trinket - 18th ct. England
Tunnel - 20th ct. (refers to vaginal tunnel)
Turtle - 19th ct. England
Twat - 17th ct. England, literally "passage"

Vagina - Lat., means "sheath", is often wrongly used for "vulva"
Vagina dentata - Lat., "vagina with teeth"
Velvet Sheath - 17th ct. England
Vent - 20th ct.
Vesica - code, Lat., for "bladder"
Vulva - Lat., meaning "matrix", refers to the visible parts of the female genital system

Wound - 16th ct. England, refers to menstrual bleeding