phallus

phallus

[fal-uhs]
noun, plural phalli [fal-ahy] , phalluses.
1.
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.
2.
Anatomy. the penis, the clitoris, or the sexually undifferentiated embryonic organ out of which either of these develops.

Origin:
1605–15; < Latin < Greek phallós penis

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phallus (ˈfæləs)
 
n , pl -luses, -li
1.  another word for penis
2.  an image of the penis, esp as a religious symbol of reproductive power
 
[C17: via Late Latin from Greek phallos]

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phallus
1610s, "an image of the penis," from L. phallus, from Gk. 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 base *bhel- (2) "to inflate, swell" (cf. O.N. boli "bull," O.E. bulluc "little bull,"
and possibly Gk. phalle "whale;" see bole). Used of the penis itself (often in symbolic context) from 1924, originally in jargon of psychoanalysis. Phallic "pertaining to the phallus" (1789) is from Gk. phallikos, from phallos. First record of phallic symbol is from 1907.
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phallus phal·lus (fāl'əs)
n. pl. phal·lus·es or phal·li (fāl'ī')

  1. The penis.

  2. The sexually undifferentiated tissue in an embryo that becomes the penis or clitoris.

  3. The immature penis considered in psychoanalysis as the libidinal object of infantile sexuality in the male.

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