- the male organ of copulation and, in mammals, of urinary excretion.
Origin of penis
Examples from the Web for penes
From a broadside in Mr. Hailstone's coll., collated with one penes me.The Ballads and Songs of Yorkshire
C. J. Davison Ingledew
Antab is doubtless Antiochia penes Taurum, in the skirts of which it stands; and is not far distant from the highest ridge.Early Travels in Palestine
Arculf et al.
His nurse, while out walking with him one day, told him that when little boys grow' up their penes fall off.Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 2 (of 6)
Penes clericos et monachos fuit electio, sed electum a rege postulabant.Commentaries on the Laws of England
Plus impetus, majorem constantiam, penes miseros—We find greater violence and more perseverance among the wretched.
- the male organ of copulation in higher vertebrates, also used for urine excretion in many mammals
Word Origin and History for penes
1670s, perhaps from French pénis or directly from Latin penis "penis," earlier "tail," from PIE *pes-/*pesos- "penis" (cf. Sanskrit pasas-, Greek peos, posthe "penis," probably also Old English fæsl "progeny, offspring," Old Norse fösull, German Fasel "young of animals, brood"). The proper plural is penes. The adjective is penial. In psychological writing, penis envy is attested from 1924.
- The male organ of copulation and of urinary excretion, formed by three columns of erectile tissue, two arranged laterally on the dorsum and one medianly below; the extremity is formed by an expansion of the corpus spongiosum, covered by a free fold of skin.
- The male reproductive organ of mammals and some reptiles and birds. In mammals, the penis contains the urethra, which carries urine from the bladder and releases sperm during reproduction.
- A similar organ found in the males of some invertebrate animals.