a monument consisting of a four-sided shaft tapering inward from top to bottom and bearing a head or bust; those of Hermes usually had an erect penis, which passersby stroked for luck.
Also, herma.
Compare term ( def 10 ).

1570–80; < Latin hermēs < Greek hermês statue of Hermes

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herm or herma (hɜːm, ˈhɜːmə)
n , pl herms, hermae, hermai
(in ancient Greece) a stone head of Hermes surmounting a square stone pillar
[C16: from Latin herma, from Greek hermēsHermes1]
herma or herma (hɜːm, ˈhɜːmə, ˈhɜːmiː, ˈhɜːmaɪ)
[C16: from Latin herma, from Greek hermēsHermes1]

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