[ fal-uhs ]
/ ˈfæl əs /

noun, plural phal·li [fal-ahy], /ˈfæl aɪ/, phal·lus·es.

an image of the male reproductive organ, especially that carried in procession in ancient festivals of Dionysus, or Bacchus, symbolizing the generative power in nature.
Anatomy. the penis, the clitoris, or the sexually undifferentiated embryonic organ out of which either of these develops.



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Origin of phallus

1605–15; <Latin <Greek phallós penis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

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British Dictionary definitions for phallus

/ (ˈfæləs) /

noun plural -luses or -li (-laɪ)

another word for penis
an image of the penis, esp as a religious symbol of reproductive power

Word Origin for phallus

C17: via Late Latin from Greek phallos
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Medical definitions for phallus

[ făləs ]

n. pl. phal•lus•es

The penis.
The sexually undifferentiated tissue in an embryo that becomes the penis or clitoris.
The immature penis considered in psychoanalysis as the libidinal object of infantile sexuality in the male.
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