- an image of the male reproductive organ, especially that carried in procession in ancient festivals of Dionysus, or Bacchus, symbolizing the generative power in nature.
- Anatomy. the penis, the clitoris, or the sexually undifferentiated embryonic organ out of which either of these develops.
Origin of phallus
Examples from the Web for phalluses
“I honestly have no idea why people are so fascinated with phallic imagery or phalluses in general,” said Piggy.Penis Pics: Behind the Instagram Account That Looks Like a Dick
August 14, 2013
- another word for penis
- an image of the penis, esp as a religious symbol of reproductive power
Word Origin and History for phalluses
1610s, "an image of the penis," from Latin phallus, from Greek phallos "penis," also "carving or image of an erect penis (symbolizing the generative power in nature) used in the cult of Dionysus," from PIE *bhel-no-, from root *bhel- (2) "to blow, inflate, swell" (cf. Old Norse boli "bull," Old English bulluc "little bull," and possibly Greek phalle "whale;" see bole). Used of the penis itself (often in symbolic context) from 1924, originally in jargon of psychoanalysis.
- The penis.
- The sexually undifferentiated tissue in an embryo that becomes the penis or clitoris.
- The immature penis considered in psychoanalysis as the libidinal object of infantile sexuality in the male.