One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(especially of a statue or other representation of a deity) having an erect penis.
pornographic, indecent, salacious, smutty, x-rated, lewd, rude, dirty, filthy, vulgar, foul, coarse, crude, gross, vile, nasty, disgusting, offensive, shameless, immoral, improper, immodest, impure, indecorous, indelicate, unwholesome, scabrous, off colour, lubricious, risqué, ribald, bawdy, suggestive, titillating, racy, erotic, carnal, sensual, sexy, lascivious, lecherous, licentious, libidinous, goatish, degenerate, depraved, amoral, debauched, dissolute, prurientView synonyms
- ‘Predominantly concerned with human fertility, it is represented by an ithyphallic male figure.’
- ‘Shiva, the ithyphallic god of animals, ascends early into the pantheon through his marriage to an Aryan princess.’
- ‘Ancient seals depict an ithyphallic yogi-like figure with buffalo horns, a figure mirrored in later Hindu representations of the great god Shiva.’
- ‘The youthful naked satyrs, dancing contentedly with their scantily clad female partners, are no longer shown ithyphallic.’
Early 17th century (as a noun denoting a sexually explicit poem): via late Latin from Greek ithuphallikos, from ithus ‘straight’ + phallos ‘phallus’.
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