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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Measures of female and hermaphrodite fitness associated with seed production were averaged across populations; with each population-specific value weighted by the number of individuals of that sex in that population.
Flowering phenology was recorded in the eight plots at the four sites to determine when females, hermaphrodites, and diseased plants began flowering.
A novel protandrous sexual system was described in the hippolytid carideans Lysmata wurdemanni (Gibbs, 1850) (Bauer and Holt, 1998) and Lysmata amboinensis (de Man, 1888) (Fiedler, 1998), in which individuals first develop as males, then later change to simultaneous hermaphrodites with a primarily female phenotype.
2013) found genes known to be involved in sex determination and differentiation that are similar to model organisms as Drosophila melanogaster and Caenorhabditis elegans in the transcriptome of another functional hermaphrodite, the lion-paw scallop Nodipecten subnodosus (Sowerby I, 1835).
Hermaphrodite sex role preferences: the role of partner body size, mating history and female fitness in the sea slug Chelidonura sandrana.
True hermaphrodites may be brought up as male/female depending upon phallus size.
A rare case of true hermaphrodite with features of Klinefelter syndrome.
Differences between the anthesis time and flower lifespan were evaluated in male and hermaphrodite buds, at pre-anthesis, which were marked at random (n = 20) and observed from 04:30 a.
Thus, male and hermaphrodite flowers were compared separately and together, with the number of hives: 0x1; 0x2; 0x3; 1x2; 1x3; 2x3 (Mann-Whitney test, ZAR 1999).
However, our results indicated a negative allometric growth manifested both in males and females in Izmir Bay, with only hermaphrodite individuals showed positive allometric growth.
Just within the compound of Antonio Morales, 69, also a retiree and pensioner, and also US-based, roams his own hermaphrodite goat.
Vet Steve O'Shea, of The Veterinary Hospital near Tom and Claire's home in Plymouth, said: "A hermaphrodite cat is seen only a handful of times, if that, within the average vet's working life.