From Latin androgynus (hermaphrodite), from Ancient Greek ἀνδρόγυνος (andrógunos, eunuch), from ἀνδρός (andrós) (genitive of ἀνήρ (anḗr, man)) + γυνή (gunḗ, woman) + -ous.



androgynous (comparative more androgynous, superlative most androgynous)

  1. Possessing the sex organs of both sexes. [from the earlier 17th c.]
  2. Pertaining to a feature or characteristic that is not definitively of either sex.
    Nicknames like Pat, Sam, and Chris are androgynous, used by both men and women.
  3. Possessing qualities of both sexes.
    • (Can we date this quote by Owen and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      The truth is, a great mind must be androgynous.


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