In human anatomy
, the mons veneris
(latin, mound of Venus
), is the soft mound of flesh just over the vulva
(more generally in mammals it is called the mons pubis
), raised above the surrounding area due to a pad of fat
lying just beneath it. After puberty
it is normally covered with pubic hair
to a greater or lesser extent. The labia majora
or large lips extend on either side of the vulva, and may also be covered with pubic hair.
The title of John Cleland's erotic classic, Fanny Hill, or the Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, is a punning reference to this anatomical feature: 'Fanny' being a UK English slang term for the vulva.