epicene

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English, from Latin epicoenus, from Ancient Greek ἐπίκοινος ‎(epíkoinos, epicene).

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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 is either masculine or feminine, but can be used for male and female referents.   E.g. the Classical Greek epicene noun (ὁ) λαγώς ‎(lagṓs) hare is masculine, but can refer to male and female hares, and the epicene noun (ἡ) ἀλώπηξ ‎(alṓpēx) fox is feminine, but can refer to male and female foxes.
  6. (linguistics) Having only one form of the word, which is either genderless or serves as both masculine and feminine, even for either male or female referents.   E.g. the English epicene noun violinist is genderless and the French epicene noun enfant is either masculine or feminine.

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  • (linguistics, one word with two grammatical genders): common

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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

  1. feminine plural of epiceno
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