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

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And yet the phallus is a dominant symbol of the moment, as metonym for power but also an object of ridicule as gender relations shift. Vogue, "Radical Feminist Artist Renate Bertlmann Exhibits Dildos in Dresses at Her First Solo Show Stateside," 1 Apr. 2019 Those acts included throwing live cats at McDonald’s Corp. employees and painting a large phallus under a drawbridge that, when raised, faced the Federal Security Service building. Thomas Grove, WSJ, "Russian Pussy Riot Member Is Hospitalized Amid Fears of Poisoning," 13 Sep. 2018 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

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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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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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