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herm

[hurm] /hɜrm/
noun
1.
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.
Also, herma.
Compare term (def 10).
Origin of herm
1570-1580
1570-80; < Latin hermēs < Greek hermês statue of Hermes
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herm

/hɜːm/
noun (pl) herms, hermae (ˈhɜːmiː), hermai (ˈhɜːmaɪ)
1.
(in ancient Greece) a stone head of Hermes surmounting a square stone pillar
Word Origin
C16: from Latin herma, from Greek hermēsHermes1
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