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(pē'nis, pē'nēz, pē'nis-ez), [TA]
The organ of copulation and urination in the male; formed of three columns of erectile tissue, two arranged laterally on the dorsum (corpora cavernosa penis) and one median ventrally (corpus spongiosum penis); the urethra traverses the latter; the extremity (glans penis) is formed by an expansion of the corpus spongiosum and is more or less completely covered by a free fold of skin (prepuce).
[L. tail]


See penis.
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Most works were small scale and portable but other large-scale sculptural examples, such as an impressive statue of Priapos from Syracuse, were also included.
While the female anasyrma is terrifying -- the Lycian women use it to drive back Bellerophon, and the Persian women to send the army out to fight -- the conventional gesture of Priapos is laughable and generally ineffective" (103-04).