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Sexual Etymology: Hymen and Orgasm

by Jason Stotts In this week’s edition of Sexual Etymology, we’re going to be looking at “hymen” and “orgasm. Hymen – 1615, from Fr. hymen (16c.), ult. from Gk. hymen “virginal membrane, thin skin.” Originally any membrane; present specific meaning begins with Vesalius, 1550. Hymeneal “wedding hymn” is 1717, from L. hymenaeus, from Gk. hymenaios “belonging to wedlock, wedding, wedding […]