herm

noun
\ ˈhərm How to pronounce herm (audio) \

Definition of herm

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

Examples of herm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Publicly displayed for the first time, the tripod’s legs are adorned with carved ivory bas-reliefs of cupids cavorting around herms, boundary markers of stone pillars with human heads. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "Review: Getty Villa’s ‘Buried by Vesuvius’ is exquisite and, at times, explicit," 3 July 2019

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First Known Use of herm

circa 1580, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for herm

Latin hermes, from Greek hermēs statue of Hermes, herm, from Hermēs

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The first known use of herm was circa 1580

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“Herm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/herm. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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