phal·lus | \ˈfa-ləs \
plural phalli\ˈfa-ˌlī, -ˌlē \ or phalluses

Definition of phallus 

1 : a symbol or representation of the penis

2 : penis

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In the corpse flower, the volatile odor is dispersed by the heat the flower generates as the phallus-like bloom emerges, attracting carrion beetles and similar connoisseurs. New York Times, "Why Is the Corpse Flower So Stinky?," 6 July 2018 Once inside, you're confronted with endlessly receding vistas of fabric phalluses or pumpkins sprinkled with polka dots, or winking lights that send your imagination zooming off like a spaceship in search of supernovas and black holes. Steven Litt,, "Kusama 'Infinity Mirrors' show in Toronto offers preview of what's coming to Cleveland (photos)," 6 May 2018 Bro Hart appears as little more than adenoids and a phallus. Michael Friedrich, The New Republic, "Men and Apparitions Dissects A Male Feminist’s Crisis," 9 Apr. 2018 With those basics out of the way, here are nine more dos and don’ts to keep in mind when mastering the art of a phallus photo. 1. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "How to Take a Dick Pic That Actually Looks Good," 4 Apr. 2018 Berenice Abbott pictured an electrified Manhattan at night from above, while Samuel H. Gottscho looked up at Rockefeller Center from street level, bathing the former RCA Building in floodlights and framing it, phallus-like, in the center. Richard B. Woodward, WSJ, "‘Image Building: How Photography Transforms Architecture’ Review," 26 Mar. 2018 Her hand clasps a phallus adorned with Ming dynasty porcelain motifs. Mimi Vu, New York Times, "The Artist Testing the Limits of Ceramics," 6 Mar. 2018 Both are scenes where the woman dares to insult the mighty phallus. Joe Fassler, The Atlantic, "Writing a Feminist Novel With a Man's Point of View," 20 Mar. 2018 The Hims marketing campaign features trendy hallmarks like minimal branding, a beige that looks like millennial pink’s equally chill brother, and succulents that stand in for phalluses. Cam Wolf, GQ, "Hims, the Millennial Erectile Dysfunction Company, Is Already Worth $200 Million," 7 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of phallus

circa 1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for phallus

Latin, from Greek phallos penis, representation of the penis; probably akin to Latin flare to blow — more at blow

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English Language Learners Definition of phallus

: an image or representation of a penis


phal·lus | \ˈfal-əs \
plural phalli\ˈfal-ˌī, -ˌē \ or phalluses

Medical Definition of phallus 

1 : penis

2 : the first embryonic rudiment of the vertebrate penis or clitoris

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