hermaphroditism

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n hermaphroditism showing characteristics of both sexes
    • n hermaphroditism congenital condition in which external genitalia and internal sex organs have both male and female characteristics
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Most snails are hermaphrodites, meaning they have both female and male reproductive organs
    • n hermaphroditism The state of being a hermaphrodite; union, real or apparent, of the two sexes in the same individual. Also hermaphrodism.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Hermaphroditism the union of the two sexes in one body
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. Hermaphrodītos, the son of Hermēs and Aphroditē, who, when bathing, grew together with the nymph Salmacis into one person.

Usage

In literature:

The hermaphrodite Baals are unveiled to us alone who are men in understanding and women in weakness.
"Salammbo" by Gustave Flaubert
This state of things Darwin regards as derived from an original hermaphroditism.
"Darwin and Modern Science" by A.C. Seward and Others
By the way, I suppose they are hermaphrodites.
"The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, Volume II (of II)" by Charles Darwin
Some said he was an hermaphrodite, for he could not abide a woman.
"The Duchess of Malfi" by John Webster
What you say about the coats of mules is new to me, as is the statement about hermaphroditism in hybrid moths.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin" by Charles Darwin
Myanthus barbatus is the hermaphrodite form of same species.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II" by Charles Darwin
Summoned at length to the lady's presence, he found her lying in the chamber of the Hermaphrodite.
"Veranilda" by George Gissing
On an Hermaphrodite from the Cape de Verde Islands.
"The Life of Sir Richard Burton" by Thomas Wright
I possess the secret of the hermaphroditic Gods.
"Fantazius Mallare" by Ben Hecht
Most of the earlier visitors to America have noticed the numerous hermaphrodites everywhere met with.
"Notes and Queries, Number 223, February 4, 1854" by Various
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In news:

Consider an alternative interpretation of the Budget and Control Board ’s power grab: It actually illustrates why we should abolish this hermaphroditic anachronism.
" Hermaphrodites , calling themselves SHE MALES/TRANSEXUALS, travel a NATION-WIDE CIRCUIT of LOVE-MAKING, where they are WORSHIPPED as GODESSES of EROTIC LOVE LOVE PISTOLS on TOUR Fully LOADED".
Cult of the Hermaphrodite at 5th and Mission.
When I encountered this flyer on 5th and Mission, I figured "Cult of the Hermaphrodite " was yet another sadly-named juggalo band I'd never heard of.
Lady Gaga Is A Hermaphrodite .
She is also an activist for intersex people -- (formerly known as hermaphrodites ) Her memoir "Mighty Hermaphrodite " will be published next spring.
Intersex people (formerly known as hermaphrodites ) are those born with bodies that are difficult to classify as either "male" or "female.
INTERVIEWS Of Montreal Improve Football in Trippily NSFW 'Sails, Hermaphroditic ' Video.
INTERVIEWS Of Montreal Announce Rarities LP With 'Sails, Hermaphroditic '.
Jeffrey Eugenides's Vest Speaks: 'The Most Famous Hermaphroditic Vest in History.
At Yen's lab at New York University, where she studies worms under a microscope after school, she can point out which ones are hermaphrodites.
Papayas , it turns out, have not just one but three sexes: male, female and hermaphrodite.
As in any good story there are twists and eddies, and while he's talking you notice, across the room, a hermaphrodite wearing a low-cut shirt.
A small agricultural pest called the cottony cushion scale exhibits a bizarre form of hermaphroditism in which parasitic males infect their daughters at birth.
You never see hermaphroditic zombies and you RARELY see baby zombies.
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In science:

Axelrod and Hamilton [117] quote the example of sea bass, a hermaphrodite where partners stay together a long time and change sex roles on a regular basis.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
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