ithyphallus

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Etymology[edit]

From the Ancient Greek ἰθύφαλλος (ithúphallos, Bacchic phallus).

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ithyphallus (plural ithyphalli)

  1. A depiction of an erect penis.
    • 1968: Erwin Ramsdell Goodenough, Jewish Symbols in the Greco-Roman Period, volume 10, page 50 (Pantheon Books)
      On a much-discussed marble plaque from Aquileia she stands beside a figure whose body is a winged ithyphallus, but which has human legs. Disagreement as to whether this grotesque figure should be called Tychon or something else should not divert us from the fact that she could be represented in such company. Whatever name the ithyphallic figure had, if any, the plaque shows that Tyche has association with the most direct symbol not only of luck but of fertility for men and the fields, which may explain, at least in part, why she seemed proper to represent the eastern goddess of fertility.

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