ithyphallic

ithyphallic 1610s, "poem in ithyphallic meter," from Gk. ithyphallos "phallos carried in the festivals," from ithys "straight" + phallos "erect penis" (see PHALLUS (Cf. phallus)). As an adjective from 1795. The meter was that of the Bacchic hymns, which were sung in the rites during which such phalloses were carried. Thus, in Victorian times, the word also meant "grossly indecent" (1864).

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  • ithyphallic — /ɪθiˈfælɪk/ (say ithee falik) adjective 1. relating to the phallus, as carried in ancient festivals of Bacchus. 2. grossly indecent; obscene. 3. Classical Prosody denoting or relating to any of several metres employed in hymns sung in Bacchic… …   Australian English dictionary

  • ithyphallic — adjective Etymology: Late Latin ithyphallicus, from Greek ithyphallikos, from ithyphallos erect phallus, from ithys straight + phallos phallus Date: 1795 1. of or relating to the phallus carried in procession in ancient festivals of Bacchus 2. a …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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