The pudendal cleft (also called the cleft of Venus, pudendal fissure, pudendal cleavage, pudendal slit, urogenital cleft, vulvar slit, rima vulvae, or rima pudendi) is a part of the vulva, the furrow at the base of the mons pubis where it divides to form the labia majora. Female genitalia is most commonly understood to be the pudendal cleft with colloquial slang synonyms such as crack, gash, slit, flaps and snatch. The name "cleft of Venus" is a reference to the Roman goddess of love, Venus.
In some human females, the clitoral hood and labia minora protrude through the pudendal cleft; in others, they do not.
- ^ Gould, George M. (1936). Brownslow, C. V. ed. Gould's Pocket Pronouncing Medical Dictionary (10th ed.). P. Blakinston's Son & C., Inc..