Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to the phallus carried in the ancient festival of Bacchus.
  • adj. Having the penis erect. Used of graphic and sculptural representations.
  • adj. Lascivious; salacious.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the erect phallus that was carried in bacchic processions.
  • adj. lascivious or obscene.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Lustful; lewd; salacious; indecent; obscene.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or characterized by an ithyphallus, or the ceremonies associated with its use as a religious symbol, etc.
  • Hence Grossly indecent; obscene.
  • In ancient prosody, sung in phallic processions; specifically, noting a group of three trochees or a period containing such a group.

Etymologies

Late Latin īthyphallicus, from Greek īthuphallikos, from īthuphallos, erect phallus : īthus, straight + phallos, phallus; see bhel-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin ithyphallicus, from Greek ιθυφαλλικός (ithyfallikós) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The real Pan has hairs upon his balls, an ithyphallic god.

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  • And then you follow that with the absurd satire of Humanism -- nihilist Nietszche prancing on in goathide leggings with an ithyphallic cock dancing in the air, bringing existential panic, but saying "Whatever doesn't kill me, makes me stronger" -- bara boom.

    Archive 2006-02-01

  • A pamphlet of 1639 showed Robin as a horned, hoofed, ithyphallic satyr, leading witches' revels in the company of a black dog and an owl.

    Robin Hood

  • Though an ithyphallic god of lust, Legba was also androgynous.

    Archive 2008-04-01

  • Either image would appeal to the Surrealist Ernst, as comic in a bawdy sense, as shocking to a correct, middle-class audience — in the Dada/Surrealist mode, and, as evocative in a Freudian spirit, of repressed meditations on the afterparts and on the ithyphallic form of the elephant itself.

    Ernst's Elephant

  • But the first, dark, ithyphallic God whom men had once known so tremendous — Struthers had no use for Him.

    Kangaroo

  • He wanted men once more to refer the sensual passion of love sacredly to the great dark God, the ithyphallic, of the first dark religions.

    Kangaroo

  • The god Min is ithyphallic and his sign is a standing god with a horizontal stroke.

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  • Carnelian's ugly needle of beef-bouillon-colored silica glass, entangled in a dozen skyways, overwhelms the stately old City Hall, while the 400-story ithyphallic monstrosity that houses Galapharma seems on the point of crushing the Queen's Quay Terminal.

    Sagittarius Whorl

  • (I'd only realize later that Rampart would have transferred its Toronto headquarters to the ithyphallic monolith on the waterfront that had once housed Galapharma.)

    Sagittarius Whorl

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  • 'A new-sawn stack of peeling birch fence poles
    at ithyphallic 45 degrees...'

    - Peter Reading, Early Stuff, from The Prison Cell and Barrel Mystery, 1976

    June 23, 2008

  • Shame :-(

    November 4, 2007

  • I failed miserably.

    November 4, 2007

  • How did you get on, seanahan?

    November 3, 2007

  • I'm going to have to figure out a way to work this into a sentence tomorrow.

    February 7, 2007

  • grossly indecent, having an erect penis

    February 7, 2007