Her·​maph·​ro·​di·​tus (ˌ)hər-ˌma-frə-ˈdī-təs How to pronounce Hermaphroditus (audio)
: a son of Hermes and Aphrodite who becomes joined in one body with a nymph while bathing

Word History


Latin Hermaphrodītus, borrowed from Greek Hermaphródītos, blend of Hermês and Aphrodī́tē

First Known Use

1565, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Hermaphroditus was in 1565

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“Hermaphroditus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hermaphroditus. Accessed 5 Jun. 2023.

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