hermaphrodite vs hermaphroditic what difference

what is difference between hermaphrodite and hermaphroditic

English

Etymology

From Hermaphroditus, the mythical son of Hermes and Aphrodite who merged bodies with a naiad and thereafter possessed both male and female qualities.

Pronunciation

  • (General American) IPA(key): /hɝˈmæfɹədaɪt/

Noun

hermaphrodite (plural hermaphrodites)

  1. An individual or organism possessing ambiguous sexual organs, typically including both types of gonads. [from late 14th c.]
    An earthworm is a hermaphrodite.
  2. A person or thing possessing two opposing qualities.
  3. (nautical) A hermaphrodite brig.
  4. A farm wagon convertible to multiple purposes.
  5. (WWI military, historical) An armoured fighting vehicle having features of both male tanks and female tanks.

Usage notes

  • Like many terms that start with a non-silent h but have emphasis on their second syllable, some people precede hermaphrodite with an, others with a.
  • Intersex is now the preferred term for human description.
  • Compare androgyne and genderqueer.

Synonyms

  • maphrodite, morphodite, mophrodite (slang)
  • androgyne
  • gynandromorph
  • intersex (noun)

Derived terms

Translations

Adjective

hermaphrodite (not comparable)

  1. (of an individual organism) Having gender-ambiguous sexual organs, typically including both types of gonads.
  2. Combining two opposing qualities.

Synonyms

  • androgynous
  • hermaphroditic
  • intersex

Translations

See also

  • berdache, two-spirit (two-spirits were formerly often called hermaphrodites)
  • genderqueer

French

Pronunciation

  • (mute h) IPA(key): /ɛʁ.ma.fʁɔ.dit/

Adjective

hermaphrodite (plural hermaphrodites)

  1. hermaphrodite

Noun

hermaphrodite m or f (plural hermaphrodites)

  1. hermaphrodite

Further reading

  • “hermaphrodite” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).


English

Etymology

hermaphrodite +‎ -ic

Adjective

hermaphroditic (not comparable)

  1. Of or pertaining to hermaphrodism; being a hermaphrodite. [from the early 17th c.]
  2. (biology) Possessing the reproductive organs of both sexes.

Synonyms

  • hermaphrodite (adjective)

Derived terms

  • hermaphroditically

Related terms

  • androgynous

Translations


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