(Greek: Hermes, the son of Zeus and Maia, the god of commerce and messenger of the gods in Greek mythology; identified by the Romans as Mercury; however, some of the words in this unit come from Hermes tris megistos, Hermes Trismegistus, literally, "Hermes, Thrice the Greatest" referring to the Egyptian god Thoth, who was identified with the Greek god Hermes, of science and arts)
Described as having a human body and jackal head, with the sacred caduceus that belonged to the Greek god Hermes, Hermanubis represented the Egyptian priesthood and was the son of Osiris and Nephthys.
2. Etymology: through Middle English, hermofrodite, from the Latin element hermaphroditus, which came from Greek hermaphroditos, from Hermaphroditos, the son of Aphrodite and Hermes (Latin: Mercury and Venus) who merged into one form or became joined in body with the nymph Salmacis.
When hermaphroditism exists in humans and animals, male and female reproductive organs and secondary sexual characteristics are both present in the same individual.
2. Etymology: from Greek hermeneutikos, "of interpreting"; from hermeneuein, "to interpret"; and from hermeneus, "interpreter" all of which are "based on Hermes in Greek mythology, who served as a messenger and herald for other gods, and who himself was the god of eloquence, commerce, invention, cunning, and theft."
2. The theory and methodology of interpretation; especially, of scriptural texts: Hermeneutics is also described as the development and study of the theories of the interpretation and the understanding of philosophical publications.
2. The Hellenistic Hermes, Egyptianized through contact with the Egyptian Thoth: Trismegistos is derived from the Egyptian superlative obtained through repetition where Hermes appears as "Great, Great, Great" on the Rosetta stone; which was later simplified through the substitution of the prefix "tris" in the Roman period.
Hermes Trismegistus is said to have been the author of 42 "fundamental books" of Egyptian religion, including astrological, cosmological, geographical, medical, and pedagogic (teaching) books as well as hymns to the gods and instructions on how to worship.
There are hermetic materials that are made airtight by means of fusion or sealing.2. Impervious to outside interferences or protected from outside influences: The hermetic confines of an isolated life may lead to misery.
The religious group lived in a hermetic society.3. Having to do with the occult sciences, especially alchemy; magical; alchemic; obscure; difficult to understand: In the seventeenth century, English hermetic meant "pertaining to alchemy" and the occult sciences in general. Alchemy, and later chemistry, was itself known as the hermetic art, philosophy, or science.
4. Etymology: from New Latin, the adjective hermeticus was formed from the name of the god Hermes Trismegistos, and the English borrowed this term from New Latin."