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hermaphrodite

noun her·maph·ro·dite \ (ˌ)hər-ˈma-frə-ˌdīt \
|Updated on: 28 May 2018

Definition of hermaphrodite

1 : an animal or plant having both male and female reproductive tissue or organs
2 : something that is a combination of diverse elements

hermaphroditic

play \(ˌ)hər-ˌma-frə-ˈdi-tik\ adjective

hermaphroditism

play \(ˌ)hər-ˈma-frə-ˌdī-ˌti-zəm\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of hermaphrodite

Middle English hermofrodite, from Latin hermaphroditus, from Greek hermaphroditos, from Hermaphroditos


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hermaphrodite

adjective

Definition of hermaphrodite

: possessing both male and female reproductive organs, structures, or tissue : hermaphroditic
  • hermaphrodite plants
  • Like their relatives the earthworms, leeches are hermaphrodite animals. Each individual has both male and female sex organs but cannot fertilize itself.
  • —Mark Carwardine

First Known Use of hermaphrodite

1607

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hermaphrodite

noun her·maph·ro·dite \ (ˌ)hər-ˈmaf-rə-ˌdīt \

medical Definition of hermaphrodite

: an individual exhibiting hermaphroditism

hermaphrodite

adjective

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