hermaphrodite

hermaphrodite

[hur-maf-ruh-dahyt]
noun
1.
an individual in which reproductive organs of both sexes are present. Compare pseudohermaphrodite.
2.
Biology. an organism, as an earthworm or plant, having normally both the male and female organs of generation.
3.
a person or thing in which two opposite qualities are combined.
adjective
4.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a hermaphrodite.
5.
combining two opposite qualities.
6.
Botany, monoclinous.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English hermofrodite < Latin hermaphrodītus < Greek hermaphródītos hemaphrodite, name of the son of Hermes and Aphrodite

hermaphroditic [hur-maf-ruh-dit-ik] , hermaphroditical, hermaphroditish [hur-maf-ruh-dahy-tish] , adjective
hermaphroditically, adverb
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hermaphrodite (hɜːˈmæfrəˌdaɪt)
 
n
1.  biology an individual animal or flower that has both male and female reproductive organs
2.  a person having both male and female sexual characteristics and genital tissues
3.  a person or thing in which two opposite forces or qualities are combined
 
adj
4.  having the characteristics of a hermaphrodite
 
[C15: from Latin hermaphrodītus, from Greek, after Hermaphroditus]
 
hermaphro'ditic
 
adj
 
hermaphro'ditical
 
adj
 
hermaphro'ditically
 
adv
 
her'maphroditism
 
n

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hermaphrodite
late 14c. (harmofroditus), from L. hermaphroditus, from Gk. Hermaphroditos (L. 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.
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hermaphrodite her·maph·ro·dite (hər-māf'rə-dīt')
n.
An individual having the reproductive organs and many of the secondary sex characteristics of both sexes.


her·maph'ro·dit'ic (-dĭt'ĭk) adj.
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hermaphrodite   (hər-māf'rə-dīt')  Pronunciation Key 
An organism, such as an earthworm or flowering plant, having both male and female reproductive organs in a single individual.
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