- an individual in which reproductive organs of both sexes are present.Compare pseudohermaphrodite.
- Biology. an organism, as an earthworm or plant, having normally both the male and female organs of generation.
- a person or thing in which two opposite qualities are combined.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of a hermaphrodite.
- combining two opposite qualities.
- Botany. monoclinous.
Origin of hermaphrodite
Examples from the Web for hermaphroditic
There are no hermaphroditic cravings after sexual excitement in him.My Contemporaries In Fiction
David Christie Murray
The flatworms are hermaphroditic, and their propagation is by means of eggs.The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide
Augusta Foote Arnold
The myths frequently hit on the theory of a hermaphroditic being, both male and female, who produces another being out of himself.Myth, Ritual, and Religion, Vol. 1
In forms like Hydra, where both sexes are represented in a single individual, the organism is termed monœcious or hermaphroditic.Elementary Zoology, Second Edition
Vernon L. Kellogg
The hermaphroditic specimen was of some interest, since the ovary and testis both seemed to be enlarged.Birds from North Borneo
Max C. Thompson
- biology an individual animal or flower that has both male and female reproductive organs
- a person having both male and female sexual characteristics and genital tissues
- a person or thing in which two opposite forces or qualities are combined
- having the characteristics of a hermaphrodite
Word Origin and History for hermaphroditic
late 14c. (harmofroditus), from Latin hermaphroditus, from Greek Hermaphroditos (Latin Hermaphroditus), son of Hermes and Aphrodite, who, in Ovid, was loved by the nymph Salmacis so ardently that she prayed for complete union with him and as a result they were united bodily, combining male and female characteristics. Also used figuratively in Middle English of "one who improperly occupies two offices." As a name for the condition, Middle English had hermofrodito (late 14c.), hermofrodisia (early 15c.). As an adjective, from c.1600.
- An individual having the reproductive organs and many of the secondary sex characteristics of both sexes.
- An organism, such as an earthworm or flowering plant, having both male and female reproductive organs in a single individual.