For example, the great majority of tunicates , pulmonate snails, opisthobranch snails , earthworms , and slugs are hermaphrodites. Hermaphroditism is also found in some fish species and to a lesser degree in other vertebrates. Most plants are also hermaphrodites. Historically, the term hermaphrodite has also been used to describe ambiguous genitalia and gonadal mosaicism in individuals of gonochoristic species, especially human beings.
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What does it mean to "Be a good Christian hermaphrodite"? How can we possibly know without consulting the Bible? The Bible spends quite a bit of time talking about and legislating sex, and for many millions of people it is the single unquestionable source of perfect moral teachings. What then does the Bible say about the sexual relationships of intersexed people? Little to nothing. This leaves the few Christians who even consider the question with a dilemma. While most seem to take the latter approach and ignore the issue or give meaningless answers, some of the more moderate Christians actually understand the issue and take a more reasonable approach, ignoring the "slippery slope" to homosexuality, and accepting gender reassignment surgery and sex with the opposite of the chosen gender.
Related to hermaphroditism: intersex , pseudohermaphroditism. The presence of both male and female reproductive organs that is typical of certain plants and animals, as in a monoecious plant or an earthworm. The presence in some humans and in some individuals of other animal species of both male and female reproductive organs and secondary sexual characteristics in the same individual.
Entry 1 of 2 1 : an animal or plant having both male and female reproductive organs, structures, or tissue : an organism exhibiting hermaphroditism 2 : something that is a combination of diverse elements hermaphrodite. Each individual has both male and female sex organs but cannot fertilize itself. Wu, Smithsonian , "Alternatives to Heterosexual Pairings, Brought to You By Non-Human Animals," 28 June Wherefore these women may not improperly be called hermaphrodites , that is monsters of both kinds, half women, half men. Wu, Smithsonian , "Alternatives to Heterosexual Pairings, Brought to You By Non-Human Animals," 28 June These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'hermaphrodite. Send us feedback.