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ithyphallic

[ith-uh-fal-ik] /ˌɪθ əˈfæl ɪk/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to the phallus carried in ancient festivals of Bacchus.
2.
grossly indecent; obscene.
3.
Classical Prosody. noting or pertaining to any of several meters employed in hymns sung in Bacchic processions.
noun
4.
a poem in ithyphallic meter.
5.
an indecent poem.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Late Latin īthyphallicus < Greek īthyphallikós, equivalent to īthý(s) straight, erect + phall(ós) phallus + -ikos -ic
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ithyphallic

/ˌɪθɪˈfælɪk/
adjective
1.
(prosody) (in classical verse) of or relating to the usual metre in hymns to Bacchus
2.
of or relating to the phallus carried in the ancient festivals of Bacchus
3.
(of sculpture and graphic art) having or showing an erect penis
noun
4.
(prosody) a poem in ithyphallic metre
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin, from Greek ithuphallikos, from ithuphallos erect phallus, from ithus straight + phallosphallus
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Word Origin and History for ithyphallic

1610s, "poem in ithyphallic meter," from Greek ithyphallos "phallos carried in the festivals," from ithys "straight" + phallos "erect penis" (see phallus). As an adjective from 1795. The meter was that of the Bacchic hymns, which were sung in the rites during which such phalloses were carried. Thus, in Victorian times, the word also meant "grossly indecent" (1864).

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