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herm

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noun
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.
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Origin of herm

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

herma (ˈhɜːmə)

/ (hɜːm) /

noun plural herms, hermae (ˈhɜːmiː) or hermai (ˈhɜːmaɪ)
(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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