EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN 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. Origin of phallus 1605–15; < Latin < Greek phallós penis
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C17: via Late Latin from Greek
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Word Origin and History for phalluses n.
1610s, "an image of the penis," from Latin
phallus, from Greek phallos "penis," also "carving or image of an erect penis (symbolizing the generative power in nature) used in the cult of Dionysus," from PIE *bhel-no-, from root *bhel- (2) "to blow, inflate, swell" (cf. Old Norse boli "bull," Old English bulluc "little bull," and possibly Greek phalle "whale;" see bole). Used of the penis itself (often in symbolic context) from 1924, originally in jargon of psychoanalysis.
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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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