phal·​lus | \ ˈfa-ləs How to pronounce phallus (audio) \
plural phalli\ ˈfa-​ˌlī How to pronounce phalli (audio) , -​ˌlē \ or phalluses

Definition of phallus

1 : a symbol or representation of the penis
2 : penis

Examples of phallus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His phallus and home-run bat were his prize possessions, in that order. Louis Menand, The New Yorker, "How Baseball Players Became Celebrities," 25 May 2020 Bakersfield Californian POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT Someone painted a multi-story phallus on the building directly across from Sacramento City Hall. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: The state of California vs. Trump, again," 14 Aug. 2019 In this production there is what looks like a large electric phallus to which Lohengrin ties up Elsa and then sits back and watches impotently. Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: How two top directors are teaching Europe the L.A. School of Opera," 23 Aug. 2019 Linga or phallus: another feature seemingly carried over from the Indus Valley. Harish Pullanoor, Quartz India, "How the Indian icon Nataraja danced his way from ancient history to modern physics," 18 Dec. 2019 In the galleries British artist Sarah Lucas is the subject of a show at the Hammer Museum (her first solo show in L.A.) that takes the history of art and tweaks it with some giant phalluses. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Essential Arts: How do you want to meet the L.A. River’s edge? Three intriguing park plans," 20 July 2019 Someone painted a multi-story phallus on the building directly across from Sacramento City Hall. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: The state of California vs. Trump, again," 14 Aug. 2019 Earlier this week, a fresh batch of phallus photos circulated on Twitter—this time coming from the clouds above Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "Now F-35s Are Getting in the Sky Dong Game," 30 May 2019 Then, too, each of the two bars at Infinity is bracketed by a huge pair of pink neon phalluses, which glow in the night like homosexual icons. Sally Helgesen, Harper's magazine, "Shadow Dancing," 10 June 2019

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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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The first known use of phallus was circa 1613

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“Phallus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of phallus

: an image or representation of a penis


phal·​lus | \ ˈfal-əs How to pronounce phallus (audio) \
plural phalli\ ˈfal-​ˌī How to pronounce phalli (audio) , -​ˌē How to pronounce phalli (audio) \ or phalluses

Medical Definition of phallus

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

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