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epicene

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adjective ep·i·cene \ˈe-pə-ˌsēn\

Definition of epicene

  1. 1 of a noun :  having but one form to indicate either sex

  2. 2 a :  having characteristics typical of the other sex :  intersexual b :  effeminate

  3. 3 :  lacking characteristics of either sex

epicene noun
epicenism play \-ˌsē-ˌni-zəm, ˌe-pə-ˈ\ noun


Examples of epicene in a sentence

  1. <an ancient statue of a young man of graceful, epicene beauty>



Origin of epicene

Middle English, from Latin epicoenus, from Greek epikoinos, from epi- + koinos common — more at co-


First Known Use: 15th century


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