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Meaning of EPICENE

Pronunciation:  'epi`seen

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adj]  having unsuitable feminine qualities
  2. [adj]  having an ambiguous sexual identity
 

EPICENE is a 7 letter word that starts with E.

 

 Synonyms: androgynous, bisexual, cissy, effeminate, emasculate, sissified, sissy, sissyish, unmanful, unmanlike, unmanly
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Ep"i*cene\, a. & n. [L. epicoenus, Gr. ?; fr. 'epi` + ?
common; cf. F. ['e]pic[`e]ne.]
1. Common to both sexes; -- a term applied, in grammar, to
   such nouns as have but one form of gender, either the
   masculine or feminine, to indicate animals of both sexes;
   as boy^s, bos, for the ox and cow; sometimes applied to
   eunuchs and hermaphrodites.

2. Fig.: Sexless; neither one thing nor the other.

         The literary prigs epicene.           --Prof.
                                               Wilson.

         He represented an epicene species, neither churchman
         nor layman.                           --J. A.
                                               Symonds.

 

 

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