hermaphrodite [ hur- maf-r uh-dahyt ] SHOW IPA / hɜrˈmæf rəˌdaɪt / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun an individual in which reproductive organs of both sexes are present. Compare pseudohermaphrodite. . Biology an organism, as an earthworm or plant, having normally both the male and female organs of generation. a person or thing in which two opposite qualities are combined. adjective of, relating to, or characteristic of a hermaphrodite. combining two opposite qualities. Origin of hermaphrodite 1350–1400; Middle English hermofrodite < Latin hermaphrodītus < Greek hermaphródītos hemaphrodite, name of the son of Hermes and Aphrodite Related forms her·maph·ro·dit·ic , [hur-maf-r uh- dit-ik] /hɜrˌmæf rəˈdɪt ɪk/ her·maph·ro·dit·i·cal, her·maph·ro·dit·ish , [hur-maf-r uh- dahy-tish] /hɜrˌmæf rəˈdaɪ tɪʃ/ adjective her·maph·ro·dit·i·cal·ly, adverb
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When both kinds of sexual glands occur in the same individual, the animal is said to be
The expression illustrates how naturally arises the belief in a
hermaphrodite god, when once sex is associated with deity. British Dictionary definitions for hermaphrodite noun biology an individual animal or flower that has both male and female reproductive organs a person having both male and female sexual characteristics and genital tissues a person or thing in which two opposite forces or qualities are combined adjective having the characteristics of a hermaphrodite Derived Forms hermaphroditic or hermaphroditical, adjective hermaphroditically, adverb hermaphroditism, noun Word Origin for hermaphrodite
C15: from Latin
hermaphrodītus, from Greek, after Hermaphroditus
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Word Origin and History for hermaphrodite n.
late 14c. (
harmofroditus), from Latin hermaphroditus, from Greek Hermaphroditos (Latin Hermaphroditus), son of Hermes and Aphrodite, who, in Ovid, was loved by the nymph Salmacis so ardently that she prayed for complete union with him and as a result they were united bodily, combining male and female characteristics. Also used figuratively in Middle English of "one who improperly occupies two offices." As a name for the condition, Middle English had hermofrodito (late 14c.), hermofrodisia (early 15c.). As an adjective, from c.1600.
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Medicine definitions for hermaphrodite n. An individual having the reproductive organs and many of the secondary sex characteristics of both sexes. Related forms her•maph′ro•dit ( ′ic -dĭt) ′ĭk adj.
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Science definitions for hermaphrodite An organism, such as an earthworm or flowering plant, having both male and female reproductive organs in a single individual.
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