Meaning of vagina dentata in English:

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.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘A dramatic representation of a vagina dentata, it foiled the relative modesty of the other garments, and suggested that women's fashion might also perpetuate the stereotype of the femme fatale.’
    • ‘The mythic vagina dentata injures its prey; and predator animals ‘bleed’ from the mouth, sometimes with humans' blood.’


Early 20th century dentata, feminine of Latin dentatus ‘having teeth’.