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Definition of "phallus" [phal•lus]

  • Anatomy The penis. (noun)
  • Anatomy The sexually undifferentiated tissue in an embryo that becomes the penis or clitoris. (noun)
  • A representation of the penis and testes as an embodiment of generative power. (noun)
  • The immature penis considered in psychoanalysis as the libidinal object of infantile sexuality in the male. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "phallus" in a sentence
  • "On the contrary, the "proper" journey of the phallus is the very map of normality."
  • "Priapus-god to whom the Vestal Virgins of Rome, professed tribades, sacrificed, also the neck-charm in phallus-shape."
  • "According to Buddhist scholars, the phallus is a cautionary symbol of the dangers of the male ego; for ordinary Bhutanese, it’s a talisman against evil spirits."