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

  • n. An organism having both male and female characteristics, especially an insect exhibiting a mixture of male and female tissues or sex organs.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An insect or crustacean literally having physical characteristics of both genders, usually displaying a bilateral difference.
  • n. A person having certain physical characteristics of both genders.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An animal affected with gynandromorphism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In biology, an animal of a unisexual species but exhibiting the anomaly of having part of the body male and part female. Gynandromorphs are most frequently found among insects.

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

  • n. one having both male and female sexual characteristics and organs; at birth an unambiguous assignment of male or female cannot be made


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From gyno- (woman) + andro- (man) + -morph (shape)



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  • Yep, looks like it rt. You be a wizzard o' odds, me thinks. Thanks.

    March 19, 2010

  • Fascinating, isn't it? (P.S. I think I fixed the broken link in my previous comment.)

    March 17, 2010

  • NPR story

    March 12, 2010

  • "Bob Motz has seen lots of amazing wildlife in a lifetime of observing nature--giant tortoises on the Galapagos Islands, millions of monarch butterflies in the mountains of Mexico and lions in Tanzania, Africa.

    "But he experienced a 'first' last month, right outside the windows of his Rock Island home: a cardinal that is half-male, half-female, he says. The bird’s male side is bright red and the female side is a buff brown." -- "Unusual cardinal visits Rock Island yard," Quad-City Times, 1/7/09

    January 19, 2009