from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Belonging to or having the characteristics of both the male and the female: an epicene statue.
- adj. Effeminate; unmanly.
- adj. Sexless; neuter.
- adj. Linguistics Having only one form of the noun for both the male and the female.
- n. One that is epicene.
- n. Linguistics An epicene word.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. lacking gender distinction, often specifically due to lack of either the masculine or the feminine
- adj. effeminate (male with unusually strong female characteristics)
- adj. androgynous, hermaphrodite (having both male and female characteristics)
- adj. asexual (having neither male nor female characteristics)
- adj. having only one form of the word, which serves as both masculine and feminine, even for either male or female referents
- n. A hermaphrodite person or other creature
- n. An effeminate person
- n. An epicene word, without separate grammatical gender forms.
- n. An epicene object
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
- Fig.: Sexless; neither one thing nor the other.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Belonging to or including both sexes: especially, in grammar, applied to nouns having only one form of gender to indicate animals of both sexes: thus, the Greek
ο%35ϊςand Latin ovis, a sheep, are feminine words, whether applied to males or to females.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having an ambiguous sexual identity
- n. one having both male and female sexual characteristics and organs; at birth an unambiguous assignment of male or female cannot be made
- adj. having unsuitable feminine qualities
Middle English, having only one form of the noun for either gender, from Latin epicoenus, from Greek epikoinos, in common : epi-, epi- + koinos, common; see kom in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Latin epicoenus, from Ancient Greek ἐπίκοινος ("common"). (Wiktionary)