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. 2a :  having characteristics typical of the other sexb :  effeminate

  3. 3 :  lacking characteristics of either sex

epicene

noun

epicenism

play \ˈe-pə-ˌsē-ˌni-zəm, ˌe-pə-ˈsē-\ noun

Examples of epicene in a Sentence

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

Origin and Etymology 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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