infibulate

/ɪnˈfɪbjuleɪt/ (say in'fibyoohlayt), /-jə-/ (say -yuh-)

verb (t) (infibulated, infibulating)
to enclose with a clasp, especially the genitals to prevent sexual intercourse.
{Latin infībulāre, from in- in-2 + fībula buckle, pin, brooch}
infibulation /ɪnfɪbjuˈleɪʃən/ (say infibyooh'layshuhn), /-jə-/ (say -yuh-), noun

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • infibulate — (v.) 1620s, from L. infibulatus, pp. of infibulare to close with a clasp, from in not, opposite of (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + fibula a clasp, pin (see FIBULA (Cf. fibula)). Related: Infibulated …   Etymology dictionary

  • infibulate — in·fib·u·late (ĭn fĭbʹyə lāt ) tr.v. in·fib·u·lat·ed, in·fib·u·lat·ing, in·fib·u·lates To close off or obstruct the genitals of, especially by sewing together the labia majora in females or fastening the prepuce in males, so as to prevent sexual… …   Universalium

  • infibulate — ə̇nˈfibyəˌlāt transitive verb ( ed/ ing/ s) Etymology: Latin infibulatus, past participle of infibulare to infibulate, practice infibulation upon, from in in (II) + fibulare to pin, buckle together, from fibula more at fibula : to fasten with or… …   Useful english dictionary

  • infibulate — verb To perform infibulation (on) …   Wiktionary

  • infibulate — in·fib·u·late …   English syllables

  • infibulation — 1640s, noun of action from INFIBULATE (Cf. infibulate) …   Etymology dictionary

  • dhīgʷ- — To stick, fix. 1. a. dike1, ditch, from Old English dīc, trench, moat; b. dig, from Middle English diggen, to dig, from a source perhaps akin to Old French digue, trench. Both a and b from Germanic *dīk . 2 …   Universalium

  • infibulation — noun the practice in some societies of removing the clitoris and labia of a girl or woman and stitching together the edges of the vulva to prevent sexual intercourse. Derivatives infibulate verb Origin C17: from L. infibulat , infibulare fasten… …   English new terms dictionary

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