Hermaphroditus

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A 19th-century coloured engraving of Hermaphroditus, based on a fresco from Herculaneum

Etymology[edit]

Latin, from Ancient Greek Ἑρμαφρόδιτος (Hermaphróditos), from Ἑρμῆς (Hermês) + Ἀφροδίτη (Aphrodítē).

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  • IPA(key): /hɚˌmæf.ɹəˈdaɪ.təs/
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Hermaphroditus

  1. (Greek mythology) The son of Hermes and Aphrodite who merged bodies with a naiad.
  2. A male Aphrodite (Aphroditus),[1] and represented as a herm with a phallus, the symbol of fertility.[2]

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  1. ^ 1728, Ephraim Chambers, Cyclopedia - Volume I, page 993:
    Theophrastus affirms, that Aphroditos, or Venus, is Hermaphroditus
  2. ^ 1850, William Smith, Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, page 408:

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Hermaphroditus

  1. Hermaphroditus