herm

[hurm]
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

1570–80; < Latin hermēs < Greek hermês statue of Hermes
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herm

herma (ˈhɜːmə)

noun plural herms, hermae (ˈhɜːmiː) or hermai (ˈhɜːmaɪ)
  1. (in ancient Greece) a stone head of Hermes surmounting a square stone pillar

Word Origin for herm

C16: from Latin herma, from Greek hermēs Hermes 1
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