a square pillar of stone topped by a bust or head, originally of Hermes: such pillars were used as milestones, signposts, etc. in ancient Greece
pl. -·mae or -·mai·
Origin of herm; from Classical Latin herma ; from Classical Greek Herm?s, Hermes
nounpl. herms also her·mae
A rectangular, often tapering stone post bearing a carved head or bust, usually of Hermes, used as a boundary marker in ancient Greece and for decorative purposes in later periods.
Origin of hermLatin hermēs, herma, from Greek hermēs, from Hermēs, Hermes.
- Abbreviation of hermaphrodite.
- (sometimes pejorative) A hermaphrodite.
From Hermaphroditus, originally a male Aphrodite (Aphroditus) and represented as a herm.