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'Cunt' is an ancient word, at least 2,000 years old deriving from the Proto-Indo-European 'cu', which is the root of the modern words 'cunt' ['female genitals'], 'queen' ['female monarch'], and 'cow' ['female animal']. It is also found in Latin, as 'cunnus', as in the Latin word 'cunnilingus' [literally, 'cunt-licking'].

For a definitive history of the word, see ('Cunt: A Cultural History'), written by Matthew Hunt in 2000-2005.