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  1. of, relating to, or resembling a phallus.
  2. of or relating to phallicism.
  3. genital(def 3a).
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Sometimes phal·li·cal.

Origin of phallic

From the Greek word phallikós, dating back to 1780–90. See phallus, -ic
Related formspseu·do·phal·lic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for phallical

Historical Examples of phallical

  • The phallical serpent is the cause of the fall of the first man.

    Zoological Mythology (Volume II)

    Angelo de Gubernatis

  • However much poetic imagination may have adorned similar legends, their phallical origin can always be traced.

  • Here we have the usual correspondence between the phallical figure and that of the simpleton.

  • Among the productions of the phallical and serpentine genie of darkness are the clouds.

  • The habit certain fishes have of ejecting froth from the mouth may have suggested a phallical image.

British Dictionary definitions for phallical


  1. of, relating to, or resembling a phallusa phallic symbol
  2. psychoanal
    1. relating to a stage of psychosexual development during which a male child's interest is concentrated on the genital organs
    2. designating personality traits, such as conceit and self-assurance, due to fixation at the phallic stage of developmentCompare anal (def. 2), oral (def. 7), genital (def. 2)
    3. (in Freudian theory) denoting a phase of early childhood in which there is a belief that both sexes possess a phallus
  3. of or relating to phallicism
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Word Origin and History for phallical



"pertaining to the phallus," 1789, from Greek phallikos, from phallos (see phallus). First record of phallic symbol is from 1809.

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phallical in Medicine


  1. Of, relating to, or resembling a phallus.
  2. Of or relating to the third stage of psychosexual development in psychoanalytic theory during which the genital organs first become the focus of sexual feeling.
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