Epicene



[ep-i-seen] /ˈɛp ɪˌsin/

adjective
1.
belonging to, or partaking of the characteristics of, both sexes:
Fashions in clothing are becoming increasingly epicene.
2.
flaccid; feeble; weak:
an epicene style of writing.
3.
effeminate; unmasculine.
4.
(of Greek and Latin nouns) of the same gender class regardless of the sex of the being referred to, as Latin vulpēs “fox or vixen” is always grammatically feminine.
5.
Grammar. (of a noun or pronoun) capable of referring to either sex, as attendant, chairperson, Kim, one, or they; having common gender.
noun
6.
a person or thing that is epicene.
/ˈɛpɪˌsiːn/
adjective
1.
having the characteristics of both sexes; hermaphroditic
2.
of neither sex; sexless
3.
effeminate
4.
(grammar)

noun
5.
an epicene person or creature
6.
an epicene noun
adj.

mid-15c., epycen, originally a grammatical term for nouns that may denote either gender, from Latin epicoenus “common,” from Greek epikoinos “common to many, promiscuous,” from epi “on” (see epi-) + koinos “common” (see coeno-). Extended sense of “characteristic of both sexes” first recorded in English c.1600; that of “effeminate” 1630s.

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