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ithyphallic (ith-uh-FAL-ik) adjective

1. Of or relating to the phallus carried in procession in ancient Bacchic festivals.
2. Indecent or salacious.
3. Having an erect phallus.

[From Late Latin ithyphallicus, from Greek ithyphallikos, from ithyphallos, from ithys (straight) + phallos (phallus).]

"Luxor Temple is more comprehensible than the vaster ruins at Karnak. It was also dedicated to Amun - but to a different manifestation of the same god, associated with fertility and often shown in ithyphallic form."
Ronald Wright, Images Of Egypt; Temples, Tombs and Entrepreneurs, The Washington Post, Jun 11, 1989.

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