hermaphrodite

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Etymology[edit]

From Hermaphroditos, the mythical son of Hermes and Aphrodite, possessing both male and female qualities.

Noun[edit]

hermaphrodite (plural hermaphrodites)

  1. An individual or organism possessing gender-ambiguous sexual organs, typically including both types of gonads. [from late 14th c.]
    An earthworm is a hermaphrodite.
  2. A person or thing possessing two opposing qualities.
  3. (nautical) A hermaphrodite brig.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Like many terms that start with a (non-silent) h and have emphasis on their second syllable, some people precede hermaphrodite with an, others with a.
  • Intersex is now the preferred term for human description.

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hermaphrodite (comparative more hermaphrodite, superlative most hermaphrodite)

  1. Having gender-ambiguous sexual organs, typically including both types of gonads, in one individual or organism.
  2. Combining two opposing qualities.

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɛʁ.ma.fʁɔ.dit/

Adjective[edit]

hermaphrodite (masculine and feminine, plural hermaphrodites)

  1. hermaphrodite

Noun[edit]

hermaphrodite m, f (plural hermaphrodites)

  1. hermaphrodite