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From Late Latin ithyphallicus, from Ancient Greek ιθυφαλλικός (ithuphallikós)


ithyphallic (comparative more ithyphallic, superlative most ithyphallic)

  1. Of or pertaining to the erect phallus that was carried in bacchic processions.
  2. Of or pertaining to an upward pointing, erect penis.
    • 1963, Joseph L. Henderson & Maud Oakes, The Wisdom of the Serpent, Chapter 2:
      In a symbolism which does justice to the biologically sexual phase of life but which quickly transcends it, we find ithyphallic deities such as Thoth in Egypt and Hermes in Greece, as the spiritual messengers necessary to guide the souls of the dead to their resting place.
    • 1987, Manohar Laxman Varadpande, History of Indian Theatre, Vol. 1, Abhinav Publications, page 151.
      The sculptures of Shiva as an ithyphallic dancer are found in Orissa.
  3. (by extension) lascivious or obscene.

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