from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. In Modern English, the gender of those nouns that apply to either sex, as spouse, parent, or mouse.
- n. In some languages, the gender of those nouns that may be either masculine or feminine but not neuter, as Latin parēns, "parent,” or bōs, "ox, cow.”
- n. In some languages, the gender of those nouns belonging to the single gender derived from the earlier masculine and feminine genders and separate from the neuter gender, as in Hittite or modern Danish.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. the gender comprising words that may be of either the masculine or the feminine gender.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
For "girl" the common gender form na'ar is regularly used in the Pentateuch, always pointed na'arah by the