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hermaphrodite




Any organism in which the functions of both sexes are combined. Hermaphrodies include plants that possesses both stamens and carpels in the same flower, and animals that possess both male and female sex organs. Most hermaphrodyte animals are invertebrates, such as the earthworm and the snail. Usually, the individual functions in only one sexual role at a time, but a few species, e.g., earthworms, each of a pair of partners fertilizes the other during copulation. Hermaphrodyte plants are usuall referred to as being bisexual.


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