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ithyphallic

[ ith-uh-fal-ik ]
/ ˌɪθ əˈfæl ɪk /
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adjective

of or relating to the phallus carried in ancient festivals of Bacchus.
grossly indecent; obscene.
Classical Prosody. noting or pertaining to any of several meters employed in hymns sung in Bacchic processions.

noun

a poem in ithyphallic meter.
an indecent poem.

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Origin of ithyphallic

1605–15; <Late Latin īthyphallicus<Greek īthyphallikós, equivalent to īthý(s) straight, erect + phall(ós) phallus + -ikos-ic
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British Dictionary definitions for ithyphallic

ithyphallic
/ (ˌɪθɪˈfælɪk) /

adjective

prosody (in classical verse) of or relating to the usual metre in hymns to Bacchus
of or relating to the phallus carried in the ancient festivals of Bacchus
(of sculpture and graphic art) having or showing an erect penis

noun

prosody a poem in ithyphallic metre
C17: from Late Latin, from Greek ithuphallikos, from ithuphallos erect phallus, from ithus straight + phallos phallus
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