Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to both sexes.
  • adj. Having both male and female reproductive organs; hermaphroditic.
  • adj. Botany Denoting a single flower that contains functional staminate and pistillate structures; perfect.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or having a sexual orientation to persons of either sex.
  • n. A bisexual organism; a hermaphrodite.
  • n. A bisexual person.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Sexually attracted to members of either sex.
  • adj. Of flowers: having both pollen and seeds.
  • adj. Of sporophytes: having both male and female organs.
  • adj. Of gametophytes: producing both eggs and sperm.
  • adj. Of fungi: producing both the "female" ascogonium and the "male" antheridium.
  • adj. Hermaphroditic.
  • n. A person who is bisexual. Someone who is attracted to both males and females.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of both sexes; hermaphrodite; as a flower with stamens and pistil, or an animal having ovaries and testes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the organs of both sexes in one individual; of two sexes; hermaphrodite.
  • In ethnology, characterized by an equal social development of both sexes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having an ambiguous sexual identity
  • adj. sexually attracted to both sexes
  • n. a person who is sexually attracted to both sexes

Etymologies

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bi- +‎ sexual

Examples

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  • "The original Man, the Individual first created, was bi-sexual." -Aids to Reflection, 1824

    Coleridge was the first to use the word in print, but not in the same way it's used today. He used it to mean that humans are born with both masculine and feminine characteristics, and "learn" to act masculine or feminine. The word wasn't used to describe someone with attraction to either gender until the 1890s.

    March 5, 2018

  • "All great novels, all true novels, are bisexual."

    -Milan Kundera

    December 15, 2010