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

[Late Latin īthyphallicus, from Greek īthuphallikos, from īthuphallos, erect phallus : īthus, straight + phallos, phallus; see bhel- in Indo-European roots.]


1. (Poetry) prosody (in classical verse) of or relating to the usual metre in hymns to Bacchus
2. (Classical Myth & Legend) of or relating to the phallus carried in the ancient festivals of Bacchus
3. (Art Terms) (of sculpture and graphic art) having or showing an erect penis
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) prosody a poem in ithyphallic metre
[C17: from Late Latin, from Greek ithuphallikos, from ithuphallos erect phallus, from ithus straight + phallos phallus]


(ˌɪθ əˈfæl ɪk)

1. of or pertaining to the phallus carried in ancient festivals of Dionysus.
2. portrayed with an erect penis, as the figures of satyrs in Greek vase painting.
3. indecent; salacious.
[1605–15; < Late Latin < Greek īthyphallikós <īthý(s) straight, erect]
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