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[fal-uh s] /ˈfæl əs/

noun, plural phalli
[fal-ahy] /ˈfæl aɪ/ (Show IPA), phalluses.
an image of the male reproductive organ, especially that carried in procession in ancient festivals of Dionysus, or Bacchus, symbolizing the generative power in nature.
Anatomy. the penis, the clitoris, or the sexually undifferentiated embryonic organ out of which either of these develops.
noun (pl) -luses, -li (-laɪ)
another word for penis
an image of the penis, esp as a religious symbol of reproductive power

1610s, “an image of the penis,” from Latin phallus, from Greek phallos “penis,” also “carving or image of an erect penis (symbolizing the generative power in nature) used in the cult of Dionysus,” from PIE *bhel-no-, from root *bhel- (2) “to blow, inflate, swell” (cf. Old Norse boli “bull,” Old English bulluc “little bull,” and possibly Greek phalle “whale;” see bole). Used of the penis itself (often in symbolic context) from 1924, originally in jargon of psychoanalysis.

phallus phal·lus (fāl’əs)
n. pl. phal·lus·es or phal·li (fāl’ī’)


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