- a monument consisting of a four-sided shaft tapering inward from top to bottom and bearing a head or bust; those of Hermes usually had an erect penis, which passersby stroked for luck.
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Origin of herm
1570–80; < Latin hermēs < Greek hermês statue of Hermes
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Examples from the Web for herm
The herm on the opposite side of the court probably represented Maia.
In three atriums the herm of the proprietor stands at the rear.
From the lawn there is also a fine view of the isles of Serk, Herm, and Jethou.Guernsey Pictorial Directory and Stranger's Guide
What herm is there in a wheen innocent muskitties, fur instance?In Search of El Dorado
The mystery of procreation was indicated by phalli on the Herm.A Problem in Greek Ethics
John Addington Symonds
- (in ancient Greece) a stone head of Hermes surmounting a square stone pillar
C16: from Latin herma, from Greek hermēs Hermes 1
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