from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An animal or plant exhibiting hermaphroditism.
- n. Something that is a combination of disparate or contradictory elements.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person or thing possessing two opposing qualities.
- n. A hermaphrodite brig.
- adj. Having gender-ambiguous sexual organs, typically including both types of gonads, in one individual or organism.
- adj. Combining two opposing qualities.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Including, or being of, both sexes.
- n. 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 Helminths.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A human being in whom the sexual characteristics of both sexes are to some extent, really or apparently, combined; also, one of the higher animals which is similarly deformed.
- n. One of those lower animals which normally possess the parts of generation of both the male and the female, so that reproduction can take place without the union of two individuals.
- n. In botany, a flower that contains both the stamen and the pistil perfectly developed, or the male and female organs of generation, within the same floral envelop or on the same receptacle. See perfect.
- Same as hermaphroditic.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of animal or plant; having both male female reproductive organs
- n. one having both male and female sexual characteristics and organs; at birth an unambiguous assignment of male or female cannot be made
Those unfamiliar with the term "intersex" may still recognize the term "hermaphrodite" -- a single human possessing both male and female genitalia -- which is one variety of intersexuality.
Naturally, hearing the word hermaphrodite reminded me of my stepmother.
And first of all, if I could just say no bias no bull, the term hermaphrodite, which the good doctor used is considered to be profoundly outdated.
After some research on the term hermaphrodite on wikipedia, it is now known as chimerism, but the general term that covers all those conditions is intersex.
The term hermaphrodite is now outmoded and regarded as derogatory by intersexuals.
In zoology, a hermaphrodite is an organism of a species whose members possess both male and female sexual organs during their lives.
From here out I will use the term hermaphrodite, but please beclear that I do not intend it in any way as a derogatory term and though above you quote a journal as saying this term is no longer acceptable in clinical use, that is the manner in which I am using it.)
A hermaphrodite is born with male and female genitalia.
You know as well as I that a hermaphrodite is not a sexual degenerate.
Jupiter was himself sometimes represented as being female; and the word hermaphrodite is in itself a union between Hermes and Aphrodite, the male and female creative powers.