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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.
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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.

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hermaphrodite

[hər′maf·rə‚dīt]
(biology)
An individual animal or plant exhibiting hermaphroditism.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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As flores hermafroditas sao hipoginas com ovario supero, lateral, com formato de coracao, sincarpico, bicarpelar e unilocular (Figura 3--E; F).
Sob a denominacao de intersexo estao enquadrados os hermafroditas verdadeiros, os pseudo-hermafroditas e outras formas de reversao sexual (2).
Ademas, 15 larvas alcanzaron a mudar a pupa, en las cuales se observo el desarrollo de adultos hermafroditas en el interior (Fig.
O presente trabalho teve como objetivo estandarizar a tecnica de micro enxertia in vivo e in vitro no cultivar Maradol, com a finalidade de obter clones elite hermafroditas. Para isto, se enxertaram brotos de 0,5 e 5 mm de comprimento sobre plantulas procedentes de sementes, cortadas horizontalmente e em V, em condicoes in vitro.
Los ostiones del genero Crassostrea son hermafroditas secuenciales, siendo la gonada primaria bisexual (Galtsoff 1964).
La pelicula "XXY", sobre un adolescente hermafrodita que debe hacer frente a un mundo hostil, de la directora argentina Lucia Puenzo, obtuvo el premio a la mejor pelicula en la entrega de los Premios Goya 2008, La version espanola de los premios Oscar.