unisexual

adjective
uni·​sex·​u·​al | \ ˌyü-nə-ˈsek-sh(ə-)wəl How to pronounce unisexual (audio) , -shəl \

Definition of unisexual

1 : of, relating to, or restricted to one sex:
a : male or female but not hermaphroditic
b : diclinous a unisexual flower
2 : unisex

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Other Words from unisexual

unisexuality \ ˌyü-​nə-​ˌsek-​shə-​ˈwa-​lə-​tē How to pronounce unisexual (audio) \ noun

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bought unisexual toys for the couple's new baby
Recent Examples on the Web This provides both benefits and pitfalls for the less-mobile unisexual females. Joshua Rapp Learn, Smithsonian, "When Is Sex Worth Going the Distance? When You’re a Salamander, Apparently," 13 Jan. 2017 Not unisexual mole salamanders, which reproduce primarily by cloning and sometimes snatch other species' sperm to kickstart their reproductive systems. Joshua Rapp Learn, Smithsonian, "When Is Sex Worth Going the Distance? When You’re a Salamander, Apparently," 13 Jan. 2017 But there’s also a related variety of all-female salamanders, usually referred to just as unisexual Ambystoma. Joshua Rapp Learn, Smithsonian, "When Is Sex Worth Going the Distance? When You’re a Salamander, Apparently," 13 Jan. 2017 One clue is that unisexual Ambystoma salamanders steal DNA from the sperm of other salamander species left lying around. National Geographic, "Who Needs Males? Self-Cloning Females Heal Faster," 10 May 2016 Not unisexual mole salamanders, which reproduce primarily by cloning and sometimes snatch other species' sperm to kickstart their reproductive systems. Joshua Rapp Learn, Smithsonian, "When Is Sex Worth Going the Distance? When You’re a Salamander, Apparently," 13 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of unisexual

1795, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Unisexual.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unisexual. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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