something in which two opposite qualities are combined.
- her·maph·ro·dit·ic [hur-maf-ruh-dit-ik], /hɜrˌmæf rəˈdɪt ɪk/, her·maph·ro·dit·i·cal, adjective
- her·maph·ro·dit·i·cal·ly, adverb
- her·maph·ro·dit·ism [hur-maf-ruh-dahy-tiz-uhm], /hɜrˈmæf rə daɪˌtɪz əm/, her·maph·ro·dism [hur-maf-ruh-diz-uhm], /hɜrˈmæf rəˌdɪz əm/, noun
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How to use hermaphrodite in a sentence
The myths frequently hit on the theory of a hermaphroditic being, both male and female, who produces another being out of himself.Myth, Ritual, and Religion, Vol. 1 | Andrew Lang
Not, we must again emphasize, not in a hermaphroditic personality, but in two perfect complementaries—mates; not one but a pair.Sex=The Unknown Quantity | Ali Nomad
According to another, he is pictured as a hermaphroditic being, a concept we frequently come across in alchemical literature.Bygone Beliefs | H. Stanley Redgrove
Castle77 observed and studied the phenomenon of self-sterility in an Ascidian, Ciona intestinalis, which is hermaphroditic.The Organism as a Whole | Jacques Loeb
He looked forward to victory this fall over the hermaphroditic ticket of Taylor and Fillmore.Children of the Market Place | Edgar Lee Masters
British Dictionary definitions for hermaphrodite
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
- hermaphroditic or hermaphroditical, adjective
- hermaphroditically, adverb
- hermaphroditism, noun
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Scientific 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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