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Pronunciation:  hur'mafru`dIt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  one having both male and female sexual characteristics and organs; at birth an unambiguous assignment of male or female cannot be made
  2. [adj]  (biology) of animal or plant; having both male female reproductive organs

HERMAPHRODITE is a 13 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: androgyne, androgynous, epicine, epicine person, gynandromorph, hermaphroditic, intersex
 See Also: bisexual, bisexual person



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Her*maph"ro*dite\, n. [L. hermaphroditus, Gr. ?,
    so called from the mythical story that Hermaphroditus, son of
    Hermes and Aphrodite, when bathing, became joined in one body
    with Salmacis, the nymph of a fountain in Caria: cf. F.
    hermaphrodite.] (Biol.)
    An individual which has the attributes of both male and
    female, or which unites in itself the two sexes; an animal or
    plant having the parts of generation of both sexes, as when a
    flower contains both the stamens and pistil within the same
    calyx, or on the same receptacle. In some cases reproduction
    may take place without the union of the distinct individuals.
    In the animal kingdom true hermaphrodites are found only
    among the invertebrates. See Illust. in Appendix, under
  2. \Her*maph"ro*dite\, a.
    Including, or being of, both sexes; as, an hermaphrodite
    animal or flower.
    {Hermaphrodite brig}. (Naut.) See under {Brig}. --Totten.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing or dreaming that you are a hermaphrodite, represents the union of opposites.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: An organism which has both male and female organs, and produces both male gametes (sperm) and female gametes (eggs). The organism can have both types of organs at the same time (simultaneous hermaphrodite) or have one type early in life and the other type later in life (sequential hermaphrodite).