The implication is that using forks was—like being a hermaphrodite—a kind of sexual abnormality.
Flowers greenish-yellow, hermaphrodite, arranged in corymbose terminal cymes.
hermaphrodite: an individual in which the characters of both sexes are combined.
The Pulmonata are, like the other Euthyneura, hermaphrodite, with elaborately developed copulatory organs and accessory glands.
The snails are male and female in the same individual, or hermaphrodite.
We soon made her out to be an hermaphrodite brig, under her close-reefed topsails and trysails.
It had not occurred to me that even a hermaphrodite plant might be in this condition.
With hermaphrodite plants we incessantly meet with elaborate and perfect contrivances for this same end.
This notion of a hermaphrodite deity is not monstrous, as it has been called.
The bird was an hermaphrodite, having the female organs of generation on the left side of its body and the male on the right.
late 14c. (harmofroditus), from Latin hermaphroditus, from Greek Hermaphroditos (Latin Hermaphroditus), son of Hermes and Aphrodite, who, in Ovid, was loved by the nymph Salmacis so ardently that she prayed for complete union with him and as a result they were united bodily, combining male and female characteristics. Also used figuratively in Middle English of "one who improperly occupies two offices." As a name for the condition, Middle English had hermofrodito (late 14c.), hermofrodisia (early 15c.). As an adjective, from c.1600.
hermaphrodite her·maph·ro·dite (hər-māf'rə-dīt')
An individual having the reproductive organs and many of the secondary sex characteristics of both sexes.