noun Etymology: Latin, from Greek Priapos Date: 14th century a Greek and Roman god of gardens and male generative power

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  • Priapus — Priapus, in alter Mythologie Feldgott, als Symbol der Fruchtbarkeit mit aufgerichtetem Phallus dargestellt, im Volksglauben Schützer der Gärten gegen Diebe u. Vögel. Priapeia, Sammlung kleiner obscöner röm. Gedichte, wahrscheinlich von mehren… …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • Priapus — [prī ā′pəs] n. [L < Gr Priapos] 1. Gr. & Rom. Myth. a god, son of Dionysus and Aphrodite, personifying the male procreative power 2. [p ] PHALLUS (sense 1) …   English World dictionary

  • Priapus — For the ancient city in Asia Minor, see Karabiga. Priapus Fresco of Priapus, House of the Vettii, Pompeii. Minor rustic fertility god, protector of flocks, fruit plants, bees and gardens …   Wikipedia

  • PRIAPUS — I. PRIAPUS Liberi patris et Veneris fil. quem superstitiosa antiquitas hortorum praesidem credidit, addo et portuum. Leonidas vetus poeta: Ταῦθ᾿ ὁ Πρίηπος ἐγὼν ἐπιτέλλομαι ὁ λιμενίτης. De quo vide Voss. de Idol. l. 2. c. 7. et Dempster. ad Rosin …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • priapus —    an erect penis    Priapus was the Pan of Mysia, usually depicted in such a condition:     He threatened her with a priapus that had already once inflicted upon her an almost mortal wound. (Nabokov, 1968)    Rarely used as a mild male insult,… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • Priapus — /pruy ay peuhs/, n. 1. Class. Myth. a god of male procreative power, the son of Dionysus and Aphrodite. 2. (l.c.) a phallus. * * * Greek god of animal and vegetable fertility. He was represented in a caricature of the human form, grotesquely… …   Universalium

  • Priapus — Pri|a|pos, Pri|a|pus (griech. röm. Mythol.): Gott der Fruchtbarkeit. * * * Priapus,   griechisch Prịapos, griechischer Mythos: Fruchtbarkeitsgott vorgriechischer Herkunft, dessen ursprünglich im Hellespont (besonders in Lampsakos) heimischer… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Priapus — Priapos Fresko, Haus der Vettier in Pompeji Priapos (griechisch Πρίαπος, auch latinisiert Priapus), Sohn des Dionysos und der Aphrodite war in der griechischen Mythologie ein Gott der Fruchtbarkeit, u …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • priapus — noun /pɹaɪˈeɪpəs/ An image of the god Priapus, or of a penis …   Wiktionary

  • PRIAPUS —    an ancient deity, the personification of the generating or fructifying power, and worshipped as the protector of flocks of sheep and goats, of bees, of the vine and other garden products; a worship known as the Priapus worship prevailed… …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

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