ep·​i·​cene | \ ˈe-pə-ˌsēn \

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 , 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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His name is Strat, and he is played with beguiling epicene virility and lungs of steel by the willowy Andrew Polec. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Regressing in London With Meat Loaf and Adrian Mole," 15 Aug. 2017

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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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tremendous in size, volume, or degree

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