nounpl. phalli or phalluses
- a representation or image of the penis as the reproductive organ, worshiped as a symbol of generative power, as in the Dionysiac festivals of ancient Greece
- the penis or clitoris
- the undifferentiated embryonic tissue that develops into the penis or clitoris
Origin of phallusClassical Latin ; from Classical Greek phallos ; from Indo-European base an unverified form bhel-, to swell from source Classical Latin follis, leather sack, flare, to blow
nounpl. phal·li or phal·lus·es
- Anatomy a. The penis.b. The sexually undifferentiated tissue in an embryo that becomes the penis or clitoris.
- A representation of the erect penis as an embodiment of generative power.
Origin of phallusLate Latin, from Greek phallos; see bhel-2 in Indo-European roots.
(plural phalli or phalluses)
From Late Latin phallus, from Ancient Greek φαλλός (phallos)