epicene

See also: épicène

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

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

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AdjectiveEdit

epicene (not comparable)

  1. lacking gender distinction, often specifically due to lack of either the masculine or the feminine
  2. effeminate (male with unusually strong female characteristics)
  3. (biology) androgynous, hermaphrodite (having both male and female characteristics)
  4. (biology) asexual (having neither male nor female characteristics)
  5. (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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Derived termsEdit

  • epicenism

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NounEdit

epicene (plural epicenes)

  1. A hermaphrodite person or other creature
  2. An effeminate person
  3. An epicene word, without separate grammatical gender forms.
  4. An epicene object

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ItalianEdit

AdjectiveEdit

epicene f

  1. Feminine plural form of epiceno
Last modified on 27 February 2014, at 08:15