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epicene


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Epicene  \Ep"i*cene\,  a.  &  n.  [L.  epicoenus  Gr  ?;  fr  'epi`  +  ? 
  common;  cf  F.  ['e]pic[`e]ne.] 
  1.  Common  to  both  sexes;  --  a  term  applied,  in  grammar,  to 
  such  nouns  as  have  but  one  form  of  gender,  either  the 
  masculine  or  feminine,  to  indicate  animals  of  both  sexes; 
  as  boy^s,  bos,  for  the  ox  and  cow;  sometimes  applied  to 
  eunuchs  and  hermaphrodites. 
 
  2.  Fig.:  Sexless;  neither  one  thing  nor  the  other 
 
  The  literary  prigs  epicene.  --Prof. 
  Wilson. 
 
  He  represented  an  epicene  species,  neither  churchman 
  nor  layman.  --J.  A. 
  Symonds 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  epicene 
  adj  1:  having  an  ambiguous  sexual  identity  [syn:  {bisexual}] 
  2:  having  unsuitable  feminine  qualities  [syn:  {effeminate},  {emasculate}, 
  {cissy},  {sissified},  {sissyish},  {sissy}] 




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