Hermaphroditus

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

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /hɚˌmæf.ɹəˈdaɪ.təs/
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Proper noun[edit]

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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References[edit]

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

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek Ἑρμαφρόδῑτος (Hermaphródītos).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Classical) IPA(key): /her.ma.pʰroˈdiː.tus/, [hɛr.ma.pʰrɔˈdiː.tʊs]

Proper noun[edit]

Hermaphrodītus m (genitive Hermaphrodītī); second declension

  1. Hermaphroditus

Inflection[edit]

Second declension.

Case Singular
nominative Hermaphrodītus
genitive Hermaphrodītī
dative Hermaphrodītō
accusative Hermaphrodītum
ablative Hermaphrodītō
vocative Hermaphrodīte