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hermaphrodite


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hermaphrodite  \Her*maph"ro*dite\,  n.  [L.  hermaphroditus,  Gr  ?, 
  so  called  from  the  mythical  story  that  Hermaphroditus,  son  of 
  Hermes  and  Aphrodite,  when  bathing,  became  joined  in  one  body 
  with  Salmacis,  the  nymph  of  a  fountain  in  Caria:  cf  F. 
  hermaphrodite.]  (Biol.) 
  An  individual  which  has  the  attributes  of  both  male  and 
  female,  or  which  unites  in  itself  the  two  sexes;  an  animal  or 
  plant  having  the  parts  of  generation  of  both  sexes,  as  when  a 
  flower  contains  both  the  stamens  and  pistil  within  the  same 
  calyx,  or  on  the  same  receptacle.  In  some  cases  reproduction 
  may  take  place  without  the  union  of  the  distinct  individuals. 
  In  the  animal  kingdom  true  hermaphrodites  are  found  only 
  among  the  invertebrates.  See  Illust.  in  Appendix,  under 
  Helminths. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hermaphrodite  \Her*maph"ro*dite\,  a. 
  Including,  or  being  of  both  sexes;  as  an  hermaphrodite 
  animal  or  flower. 
 
  {Hermaphrodite  brig}.  (Naut.)  See  under  {Brig}.  --Totten. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  hermaphrodite 
  adj  :  (biology)  of  animal  or  plant;  having  both  male  female 
  reproductive  organs  [syn:  {hermaphroditic}] 
  n  :  one  having  both  male  and  female  sexual  characteristics  and 
  organs  [syn:  {gynandromorph},  {androgyne},  {epicine},  {epicine 
  person}] 




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