noun \ˈhərm\

Definition of HERM

:  a statue in the form of a square stone pillar surmounted by a bust or head especially of Hermes

Origin of HERM

Latin hermes, from Greek hermēs statue of Hermes, herm, from Hermēs
First Known Use: circa 1580

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noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In Greek religion, a sacred stone object connected with the worship of Hermes. Herms were used as cult objects, for milestones, and for boundary markers. In time, these stones were replaced by pillars topped with a likeness of the head of Hermes or by statues of the god. In Roman sculpture the heads of Jupiter or the forest god Silvanus were often substituted.


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