Antedating of "Cunnilingus"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sun Feb 10 17:16:25 UTC 2013

cunnilingus (OED 1887)

1864 tr. Johann Ludwig Casper _A Handbook of Forensic Medicine_ III. 337 (Making of Modern Law)  So it is with these "unnatural forms of lewdness" referred to, which have been known from the earliest days, and described and lashed severely by the satirists.  And yet, so far as I know, throughout the whole animal kingdom, Cunnilingus alone, and perhaps Coprophagia, occur as forms of sexual gratification.

Fred Shapiro

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