from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Having characteristics of both sexes.
- adjective Having characteristics traditionally ascribed to the other sex, especially as a male who is considered to be effeminate.
- adjective Having no characteristics of either sex.
- adjective Linguistics Having only one form for both the male and the female.
- noun One that is epicene.
- noun Linguistics An epicene word.
from The Century Dictionary.
- 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 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- adjective lacking
genderdistinction, often specifically due to lack of either the masculineor the feminine
effeminate( malewith unusually strong female characteristics)
- adjective biology
androgynous, hermaphrodite(having both male and female characteristics)
- adjective biology
asexual(having neither male nor female characteristics)
- adjective linguistics having only one form of the
word, which serves as both masculine and feminine, even for either male or female referents
- noun A
hermaphroditeperson or other creature
- noun An
- noun An epicene word, without separate grammatical gender forms.
- noun An epicene object
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adjective having an ambiguous sexual identity
- noun one having both male and female sexual characteristics and organs; at birth an unambiguous assignment of male or female cannot be made
- adjective having unsuitable feminine qualities
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
His face was as much feminine as masculine, of that kind called epicene, and Carmine doubted that the double-sexed look would vanish as he grew older.
TOO MANY MURDERS Colleen McCullough 2009
The kind of looks called epicene, a beauty as much feminine as masculine, and such amazing coloring!
The First Man in Rome McCullough, Colleen, 1937- 1990
In a more recent movement, "hir" and "ze" (pronounced "here" and "zee") are sometimes used to describe transgender people - a contemporary challenge that confronts the idea of epicene English like never before.
The Michigan Daily 2009
But the merely decorative celebrity cameos — bluff, bearded Walt Whitman, with an "epicene" male friend, and Charles Darwin, who loudly and repeatedly breaks wind — make clear that "Heyday" is infotainment for readers Andersen must consider clueless.
He'll Take Manhattan 2007
The mad cuckoo behind the little door could not resist casting a shadow upon the virility of his enemy, just as the cuckoo astonishingly characterized those who demonstrated against the war in New York, October 1965, as "epicene" and "mincing" slobs, thus slyly assigning to sodom’s banner such unlikely recruits as I.F. Stone, Ossie Davis, and Father Philip Berrigan.
The Transbad Saints, on the other hand, are a slick crowd of phoneys led by the posturing, epicene Helmet Al Weaver, who steal a No 1 hit from Keva and head for the States.
Powder – review 2011
Today we venerate Caravaggio as the master of chiaroscuro effects of light and shade, of saints with dirty feet, of dramatic religious encounters, as the painter of figures of epicene sexuality.
Return to the Grim and Dark Willard Spiegelman 2011
She argued that Camp, a style marked by extravagance, epicene in character, expressed a new sensibility that would "dethrone the serious."
A Very Public Intellectual Joseph Epstein 2011
Puss teams up with Humpty Dumpty a creepily epicene ovoid voiced with eerie plaintiveness by Zach Galifianakis to repay an old debt by stealing some magic beans from Jack and Jill.
'Like Crazy': From Cupid's Blunders, Wonders Joe Morgenstern 2011
Only her wastrel cousin Vincent Vere, she believes, possesses a poetic soul similar to her own, though the philistine world regards him as nothing but a sickly, rather epicene dandy and sponge.