Epicene meaning

ĕpĭ-sēn
Having characteristics of both sexes.
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Having characteristics traditionally ascribed to the other sex, especially as a male who is considered to be effeminate.
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Having no characteristics of either sex.
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(linguistics) Having only one form for both the male and the female.

An epicene pronoun.

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One that is epicene.
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(linguistics) An epicene word.
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Designating a noun, as in Latin or Greek, having only one grammatical form to denote an individual of either sex.
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Belonging to one sex but having characteristics of the other, or of neither; specif., effeminate; unmanly.
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An epicene person.
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Lacking gender distinction, often specifically due to lack of either the masculine or the feminine.
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Effeminate (male with unusually strong female characteristics)
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(biology) Androgynous, hermaphrodite (having both male and female characteristics)
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(biology) Asexual (having neither male nor female characteristics)
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(linguistics) Having only one form of the word, which serves as both masculine and feminine, even for either male or female referents.
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A hermaphrodite person or other creature.
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An effeminate person.
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An epicene word, without separate grammatical gender forms.
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An epicene object.
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Origin of epicene

  • Middle English having only one form of the noun for either gender from Latin epicoenus from Greek epikoinos in common epi- epi- koinos common kom in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Latin epicoenus, from Ancient Greek ἐπίκοινος (epikoinos, “common”).

    From Wiktionary