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fo·ra·men

 (fə-rā′mən)
n. pl. fo·ram·i·na (-răm′ə-nə) or fo·ra·mens
An opening or orifice, as in a bone or in the covering of the ovule of a plant.

[Latin forāmen, an opening, from forāre, to bore.]

fo·ram′i·nal (-răm′ə-nəl), fo·ram′i·nous (-nəs) adj.
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So when Bacon writes that the new order of scientific research demands that we "not make scruple of entering and penetrating into these holes and corners" of nature, we may be mistaking a representation of the foraminous or a multiply perforated body for a misogynistic or pederastic injunction to exert domination through sexual penetration.