[ 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.
Botany. monoclinous.

Origin of hermaphrodite

1350–1400; Middle English hermofrodite < Latin hermaphrodītus < Greek hermaphródītos hemaphrodite, name of the son of Hermes and Aphrodite

OTHER WORDS FROM hermaphrodite

her·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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British Dictionary definitions for hermaphroditic

/ (hɜːˈmæfrəˌdaɪt) /


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 hermaphrodite

hermaphroditic 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

[ hər-măfrə-dīt′ ]


An individual having the reproductive organs and many of the secondary sex characteristics of both sexes.

Other words from hermaphrodite

her•maph′ro•ditic (-dĭtĭk) adj.
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Science definitions for hermaphroditic

[ hər-măfrə-dīt′ ]

An organism, such as an earthworm or flowering plant, having both male and female reproductive organs in a single individual.
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