maypole

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An East Frisian maypole.

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maypole (plural maypoles)

  1. A pole, garlanded with streamers held by people who dance around it to celebrate May Day.
  2. (euphemistic) A penis, especially a large one.
    • 1749, [John Cleland], Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure [Fanny Hill], London: Printed [by Thomas Parker] for G. Fenton [i.e., Fenton and Ralph Griffiths] [], OCLC 731622352:
      and now, disengag'd from the shirt, I saw, with wonder and surprise, what? not the play-thing of a boy, not the weapon of a man, but a maypole of so enormous a standard, that had proportions been observ'd, it must have belong'd to a young giant.

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