hermaphrodite

noun her·maph·ro·dite \ (ˌ)hər-ˈma-frə-ˌdīt \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

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

hermaphrodite

adjective

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 Defined for English Language Learners

hermaphrodite

noun

Definition of hermaphrodite for English Language Learners

  • : a person, plant, or animal that has both male and female parts


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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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