unisexual

adjective

uni·​sex·​u·​al ˌyü-nə-ˈsek-sh(ə-)wəl How to pronounce unisexual (audio)
-shəl
1
: of, relating to, or restricted to one sex:
a
: male or female but not hermaphroditic
b
: diclinous
a unisexual flower
2
: unisex

Examples of unisexual in a Sentence

bought unisexual toys for the couple's new baby
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Word History

First Known Use

1795, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of unisexual was in 1795

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Cite this Entry

“Unisexual.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unisexual. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

unisexual

adjective
uni·​sex·​u·​al ˌyü-nə-ˈseksh-(ə-)wəl How to pronounce unisexual (audio)
-ˈsek-shəl
1
: having only male or only female sex organs
2
: unisex
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