Meaning of ithyphallic in English:


Pronunciation /ˌɪθɪˈfalɪk/


  • (especially of a statue or other representation of a deity) having an erect penis.

    ‘Shiva, the ithyphallic god of animals, ascends early into the pantheon through his marriage to an Aryan princess.’
    • ‘Predominantly concerned with human fertility, it is represented by an ithyphallic male figure.’
    • ‘The youthful naked satyrs, dancing contentedly with their scantily clad female partners, are no longer shown ithyphallic.’
    • ‘Ancient seals depict an ithyphallic yogi-like figure with buffalo horns, a figure mirrored in later Hindu representations of the great god Shiva.’
    pornographic, indecent, salacious, smutty, 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, prurient


Early 17th century (as a noun denoting a sexually explicit poem): via late Latin from Greek ithuphallikos, from ithus ‘straight’ + phallos ‘phallus’.