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  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.
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Origin of herm

1570–80; < Latin hermēs < Greek hermês statue of Hermes
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Examples from the Web for herm

Historical Examples

  • The herm on the opposite side of the court probably represented Maia.

    Pompeii, Its Life and Art

    August Mau

  • In three atriums the herm of the proprietor stands at the rear.

  • From the lawn there is also a fine view of the isles of Serk, Herm, and Jethou.

  • What herm is there in a wheen innocent muskitties, fur instance?

    In Search of El Dorado

    Alexander MacDonald

  • The mystery of procreation was indicated by phalli on the Herm.

    A Problem in Greek Ethics

    John Addington Symonds

British Dictionary definitions for 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
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin herma, from Greek hermēs Hermes 1
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