Definition of Hermaphroditus

1. Noun. (Greek mythology) son of Hermes and Aphrodite who merged with the nymph Salmacis to form one body.

Category relationships: Greek Mythology
Generic synonyms: Greek Deity

Definition of Hermaphroditus

1. Noun. (Greek god) the son of Hermes and Aphrodite who merged bodies with a naiad. ¹

2. Noun. was originally a male Aphrodite (Aphroditus), and represented as a herm with a phallus, the symbol of fertility.[ Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, p. 408] ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hermaphroditus

Hermann's fixative
Hermann Goering
Hermann Goring
Hermann Hesse
Hermann Joseph Muller
Hermann Ludwig Ferdinand von Helmholtz
Hermann Maurice Saxe
Hermann Minkowski
Hermann Snellen
Hermann Wilhelm Goring
Hermann von Helmholtz
Hermannia verticillata
Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome
Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome type VI
Hermaphroditus (current term)
Hernan Cortes
Hernan Cortez
Hernando Cortes
Hernando Cortez

Literary usage of Hermaphroditus

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1. Publications by Shakespeare Society (Great Britain) (1844)
"Had the original edition of "Salmacis and Hermaphroditus," 1602, 4to, been a work of sufficient length, I should have recommended it to the Shakespeare ..."

2. The Life of Lorenzo De'Medici, Called the Magnificent by William Roscoe (1797)
"... our surprize must be excited on finding him the avowed author of a production so grossly indecent as the Hermaphroditus; when we advert to the age and ..."

3. The Quest of Heracles and Other Poems by Hugh McCulloch (1893)
"Hermaphroditus }HEN all the world had felt the breath of Spring And thrilled at his caress; when every thing In all the world renewed its leaves and flowers ..."

4. Others, an Anthology of the New Verse by Alfred Kreymborg (1916)
"Hermaphroditus As if the soul of all this pulsing world had taken form in thee,— That thy face should be the flow of waters: Thy voice the surge of many ..."

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