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

  • n. A rectangular, often tapering stone post bearing a carved head or bust, usually of Hermes, used as a boundary marker in ancient Greece and for decorative purposes in later periods.

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  • abbr. Abbreviation of hermaphrodite.
  • n. A hermaphrodite.

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  • n. a statue consisting of a squared stone pillar with a carved head (usually a bearded Hermes) on top; used in ancient Greece as a boundary marker or signpost


Latin hermēs, herma, from Greek hermēs, from Hermēs, Hermes.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Hermes (Wiktionary)
From Hermaphroditus, originally a male Aphrodite (Aphroditus) and represented as a herm. (Wiktionary)



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  • From "C. Musonius Rufus" by Guy Davenport

    January 19, 2010

    –noun a monument consisting of a four-sided shaft tapering inward from top to bottom and bearing a head or bust; those of Hermes usually had an erect penis, which passersby stroked for luck.

    January 26, 2008