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epicene

  

      adj  
1    having the characteristics of both sexes; hermaphroditic  
2    of neither sex; sexless  
3    effeminate  
4      (Grammar)  
a    denoting a noun that may refer to a male or a female, such as teacher as opposed to businessman or shepherd  
b    (in Latin, Greek, etc.) denoting a noun that retains the same grammatical gender regardless of the sex of the referent  
      n  
5    an epicene person or creature  
6    an epicene noun  
     (C15: from Latin epicoenus of both genders, from Greek epikoinos common to many, from koinos common)  
  epicenism      n  
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epicene

  

      adj  
1    androgyne, androgynous, bisexual, gynandrous, hermaphrodite, hermaphroditic  
2    asexual, neuter, sexless  
3    camp     (informal)   effeminate, unmanly, weak, womanish  
      n  
4    androgyne, bisexual, gynandromorph, hermaphrodite  

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