berdache

noun
ber·dache | \ bər-ˈdash \

Definition of berdache 

sometimes offensive

: an American Indian who assumes the dress, social status, and role of the opposite sex

History and Etymology for berdache

American French, alteration of French bardache catamite, from Italian dialect (southern Italy) bardascio, from Arabic bardaj slave, from Persian bardag prisoner, from Middle Persian vartak

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