[ hur-maf-ruh-dahyt ]
/ hɜrˈmæf rəˌdaɪt /
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.
of, relating to, or characteristic of a hermaphrodite.
combining two opposite qualities.
Words nearby hermaphrodite
, hermann-mauguin symbol
, hermaphrodite brig
, hermaphrodite rig
Origin of hermaphrodite
1350–1400; Middle English hermofrodite < Latin hermaphrodītus < Greek hermaphródītos hemaphrodite, name of the son of Hermes and Aphrodite
OTHER WORDS FROM hermaphroditeher·maph·ro·dit·ic [hur-maf-ruh-dit-ik] /hɜrˌmæf rəˈdɪt ɪk/, her·maph·ro·dit·i·cal, her·maph·ro·dit·ish [hur-maf-ruh-dahy-tish] /hɜrˌmæf rəˈdaɪ tɪʃ/, adjectiveher·maph·ro·dit·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for hermaphroditic
He looked forward to victory this fall over the hermaphroditic ticket of Taylor and Fillmore.
In the case of the third (hermaphroditic or lunar) sex, one set of reproductive organs was male, the other female.
Not, we must again emphasize, not in a hermaphroditic personality, but in two perfect complementaries—mates; not one but a pair.
The myths frequently hit on the theory of a hermaphroditic being, both male and female, who produces another being out of himself.
British Dictionary definitions for hermaphroditic
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
having the characteristics of a hermaphrodite
Derived forms of hermaphroditehermaphroditic or hermaphroditical, adjectivehermaphroditically, adverbhermaphroditism, noun
Word Origin for hermaphrodite
C15: from Latin hermaphrodītus, from Greek, after Hermaphroditus
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Medicine definitions for hermaphroditic
An individual having the reproductive organs and many of the secondary sex characteristics of both sexes.
Other words from hermaphroditeher•maph′ro•dit′ic (-dĭt′ĭk) adj.
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Science definitions for hermaphroditic
An organism, such as an earthworm or flowering plant, having both male and female reproductive organs in a single individual.
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