hermaphrodite

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hermaphrodite

(hərmăf`rədīt'), animal or plant that normally possesses both male and female reproductive systems, producing both eggs and sperm. Many plants, including most flowering plants (angiosperms), are hermaphroditic, or monoecious; in these, male and female reproductive structures are present in the same plant, often in the same flower, and many hermaphrodite flowers are self-pollinated. Many lower animals, especially immobile species, are hermaphroditic; in some, such as earthworms, two animals copulate and fertilize each other. Some parasitic species, e.g., the tapeworm, are self-fertile as well as hermaphroditic, insuring reproduction where the parasite may be the only member of its species in the host. Many hermaphrodites are protandrous or protogynous, i.e., gametes of the two sexes are produced in the same organism, sometimes in the same gonad, but at different times; in such organisms (e.g., the oyster and the sage plant) self-fertilization is impossible.

What does it mean when you dream about a hermaphrodite?

Dreaming about having characteristics of both sexes can show, on the one hand, a balance between our masculine and feminine character traits. On the other hand, it could reflect confusion about our sexual identity.

hermaphrodite

[hər′maf·rə‚dīt]
(biology)
An individual animal or plant exhibiting hermaphroditism.

hermaphrodite

1. Biology an individual animal or flower that has both male and female reproductive organs
2. a person having both male and female sexual characteristics and genital tissues
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De esta manera, al igual que ocurre en los documentos legales el texto hace emerger el fantasma de la sodomia, indicando una vision de la conducta sexual del hermafrodita como de degenerada, ademas de como fuente de caos y de confusion.
Ovidio expone en el libro IV de las Metamorfosis lo que sucedio al joven Hermafrodita, que indiferente a los requerimientos de la ninfa Salmacis, es castigado a permanecer unido a esta para siempre en "un solo ser .
La imagen del hermafrodita no solo representa un "otro", al que se concibe como inferior, sino que denota la dificultad de un sujeto que lucha por constituirse en hegemonico de distanciarse en su totalidad con aquel, debido a la ausencia de un principio de diferencia pleno que otorga la dualidad sexual.
El hermafrodita, como el monstruo, senala en la obra de Torquemada la preocupacion del europeo ante el encuentro con el producto de la expansion territorial, que, percibido en terminos de hibridez, se manifiesta como una mezcla caotica de identidades.