ep·​i·​cene | \ ˈe-pə-ˌsēn How to pronounce epicene (audio) \

Definition of epicene

1 of a noun : having but one form to indicate either sex
2a : having characteristics typical of the other sex
3 : lacking characteristics of either sex

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Other Words from epicene

epicene noun
epicenism \ ˈe-​pə-​ˌsē-​ˌni-​zəm How to pronounce epicene (audio) , ˌe-​pə-​ˈsē-​ \ noun

Examples of epicene in a Sentence

an ancient statue of a young man of graceful, epicene beauty
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First Known Use of epicene

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for epicene

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

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The first known use of epicene was in the 15th century

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“Epicene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epicene. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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