hermaphrodite


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Hermaphrodite \Her*maph"ro*dite\, a.
   Including, or being of, both sexes; as, an hermaphrodite
   animal or flower.
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   Hermaphrodite brig. (Naut.) See under Brig. --Totten.
      Hermaphroditic
.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Hermaphrodite \Her*maph"ro*dite\, n. [L. hermaphroditus, Gr. ?,
   so called from the mythical story that Hermaphroditus, son of
   Hermes and Aphrodite, when bathing, became joined in one body
   with Salmacis, the nymph of a fountain in Caria: cf. F.
   hermaphrodite.] (Biol.)
   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.
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