Pri·​a·​pus prī-ˈā-pəs How to pronounce Priapus (audio)
: a Greek and Roman god of gardens and male generative power

Examples of Priapus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Then, in 2016, something even stranger happened: the seller posted on eBay a fragment of an onyx cameo featuring a young woman in profile alongside Priapus, the god of fertility. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 6 May 2024 Visitors enter through the atrium, a courtyard and reception area featuring a fresco of Narcissus, the young man who fell in love with his own reflection, and a statue of Priapus. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Apr. 2022

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Word History


Latin, from Greek Priapos

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Priapus was in the 14th century

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“Priapus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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