Priapus

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Priapus (classical mythology) god of male procreative power and guardian of gardens and vineyards
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Priapus The male generative power or function personified as a deity: originally an epithet or cognomen of Bacchus, then a personification of the phallus.
    • n Priapus [lowercase] A symbol or representation of the male generative organ; a phallus.
    • n Priapus [lowercase] The male genitals; the virile organ in the state of erection.
    • n Priapus [l. c] In medieval warfare, some kind of projecting machine, probably an early form of cannon.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Priapus prī-ā′pus an ancient deity personifying male generative power
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Usage

In literature:

On this account he is styled Priapus, because he previously fashioned all things according to his design.
"The God-Idea of the Ancients" by Eliza Burt Gamble
Priapus did not haunt its green fringes.
"The Path of the King" by John Buchan
Why not hang him in an orchard, like a wooden Priapus, to frighten the birds?
"Thais" by Anatole France
This priapus-worship, then, is older than history.
"Following the Equator, Complete" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
To achieve this I was ready even to devote myself to the gods; accordingly, I went out to invoke the aid of Priapus.
"The Satyricon, Volume 5 (Crotona Affairs)" by Petronius Arbiter
TO PRIAPUS, THE GARDEN-GOD.
"The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus" by Caius Valerius Catullus
The worship of Priapus was introduced into Rome at the same time as that of Aphrodite, and was identified with a native Italian divinity named Mutunus.
"Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome" by E.M. Berens
With Venus, however, Bacchus had amours, begetting Priapus.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 3, No. 1 January 1863" by Various
Statuettes of Priapus, bronzes representing the sexual organs, and pottery covered with phallic scenes have been found all over England.
"Religion and Lust" by James Weir
Behind each Priapus leered.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
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In poetry:

THYRSIS
"A bowl of milk, Priapus, and these cakes,
Yearly, it is enough for thee to claim;
Thou art the guardian of a poor man's plot.
Wrought for a while in marble, if the flock
At lambing time be filled,stand there in gold."
"Eclogue 7: Meliboeus Corydon Thrysis" by Publius Vergilius Maro
Thyrsis.
"A bowl of milk, Priapus, and these cakes,
Yearly, it is enough for thee to claim;
Thou art the guardian of a poor man's plot.
Wrought for a while in marble, if the flock
At lambing time be filled,stand there in gold."
"Eclogue VII" by Virgil