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Her*maph"ro*dite (?), n. [L. hermaphroditus, Gr. &unr_;, 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.
Her*maph"ro*dite, a. Including, or being of, both sexes; as, an hermaphrodite animal or flower.
Hermaphrodite brig. (Naut.) See under Brig. Totten.