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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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apart with their teeth, witnessed by the terrified statue of Priapus.
I thought of Fragilion, that shy figure among the birch-trees, And of Priapus in the shrubbery Gaping at the lady in the swing.
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These ancient innovators carved wooden statues to look like Priapus, the son of the god Dionysus and the goddess Aphrodite.
The 'garden' deity to whom Margot calls out is naturally Priapus whose evocation here points to Pangloss's 'garden' lesson, where Cunegonde rather than Paquette ogles the philosopher's "raison sufisante.
What Caro describes is actually a hybrid, a femininely dressed marble figurine of Priapus with breasts.
A discourse on the worship of Priapus, by member Richard Knight, combines both sides of the society.
1) The Satyricon, a prose parody of the Odyssey written by Petronius, describes the events of Encolpius, a Greek pursued and tortured by the god Priapus in lieu of Odysseus's tor-menter, Poseidon.
In the early 1970's, Williams was one of the first poets of his generation to come out in print, contributing to the Priapus in 1970 and The Male Muse in 1973.
A sculpture of Priapus, of course, would have displayed an enormous erection--but at the whim of the carver that same image could have been an object without sex or gender, an 'it', a bench.