One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural phalluses, Plural phalli
1A penis, especially when erect (typically used with reference to male potency or dominance)‘the hill figure is a naked man brandishing a club and displaying a huge phallus’figurative ‘the building was a monumental steel and glass phallus’
- 1.1 An image or representation of an erect penis, typically symbolizing fertility or potency.‘three wooden painted phalluses’
- 1.1 An image or representation of an erect penis, typically symbolizing fertility or potency.
Early 17th century: via late Latin from Greek phallos.
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