Definition of Phallus

1. Noun. Genus of fungi having the cap or pileus hanging free around the stem.

Exact synonyms: Genus Phallus
Generic synonyms: Fungus Genus
Group relationships: Family Phallaceae, Phallaceae
Member holonyms: Common Stinkhorn, Phallus Impudicus, Phallus Ravenelii

2. Noun. The male organ of copulation ('member' is a euphemism).

Definition of Phallus

1. n. The emblem of the generative power in nature, carried in procession in the Bacchic orgies, or worshiped in various ways.

Definition of Phallus

1. Noun. A penis, especially when erect. ¹

2. Noun. A representation of an erect penis symbolising fertility or potency. ¹

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Definition of Phallus

1. the penis [n -LI or -LUSES] - See also: penis

Medical Definition of Phallus

1. Origin: L, a phallus (in sense 1), Gr. 1. The emblem of the generative power in nature, carried in procession in the Bacchic orgies, or worshiped in various ways. 2. The penis or clitoris, or the embryonic or primitive organ from which either may be derived. 3. A genus of fungi which have a fetid and disgusting odour; the stinkhorn. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Phallus

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1. Scottish Cryptogamic Flora, Or, Coloured Figures and Descriptions of by Robert Kaye Greville (1826)
"Midi. Fl. v. 2. p. 693.—Grey. Fl. Edin. p. 418. phallus impudicus, Linn. ... phallus hollandicus, Park. Herb. p. 1322. No. 13. text, but not the cut. ..."

2. Annals and Magazine of Natural History by William Jardine (1845)
"(Cyno- phallus caninus, Fries); he demonstrated by delicate observations, that, in this genus, until then wrongly separated from the Hyme- ..."

3. Ancient Pagan and Modern Christian Symbolism by Thomas Inman, John Newton (1884)
"a symbol stands for the whole; as here, the horns represent the bull, and the glans the phallus. Above the third altar is a tortoise, whose protruded head ..."

4. A Laboratory manual and text-book of embryology by Charles William Prentiss, Leslie Brainerd Arey (1917)
"Upon this appears a knob-like structure, the phallus, and the two together ... Cranially about the phallus the cloacal tubercle forms a crescent-shaped ..."

5. Miscellaneous and Posthumous Works by Henry Thomas Buckle (1872)
"THE BAUBLE USED BY FOOLS WAS A phallus. " It escaped the recondite Mr. Douce, in his elegant Illustrations of Fools and Clowns, that the bauble is a phallus ..."

6. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"phallus (Greek, Phallos), a symbol of the productive principle of nature as exemplified by the male sex in contradistinction to the female. See PHALLICISM. ..."

7. Phallism: A Description of the Worship of Lingam-yoni in Various Parts of by Hargrave Jennings (1889)
"The act or principle of which the phallus was the type was represented by a deity to whom it was consecrated, and in different nations this deity was known ..."

8. Sex Worship: An Exposition of the Phallic Origin of Religion by Clifford Howard (1898)
"Prominent among these representations was the phallus, which, in its stricter sense, has reference more to the image of the ..."

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