1. An animal or plant exhibiting hermaphroditism.
2. Something that is a combination of disparate or contradictory elements.
[Middle English hermofrodite, from Medieval Latin hermofrodītus, from Latin Hermaphrodītus, Hermaphroditus, hermaphrodite; see HERMAPHRODITUS.]
her·maph′ro·ditic (-dĭtĭk) adj.
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