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androgynous

[an-droj-uh-nuh s] /ænˈdrɒdʒ ə nəs/
adjective
1.
being both male and female; hermaphroditic.
2.
having both masculine and feminine characteristics.
3.
having an ambiguous sexual identity.
4.
neither clearly masculine nor clearly feminine in appearance:
the androgynous look of many rock stars.
5.
Botany. having staminate and pistillate flowers in the same inflorescence.
Origin of androgynous
1620-1630
First recorded in 1620-30; androgyne + -ous
Related forms
androgyny, noun
Can be confused
androgenous, androgynous.
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androgynous

/ænˈdrɒdʒɪnəs/
adjective
1.
(botany) having male and female flowers in the same inflorescence, as cuckoo pint
2.
having male and female characteristics; hermaphrodite
Derived Forms
androgyny, noun
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Word Origin and History for androgyny
n.

1833; see androgynous.

androgynous

adj.

1620s, from Latin androgynus, from Greek androgynos "hermaphrodite, male and female in one; womanish man;" as an adjective (of baths) "common to men and women," from andros, genitive of aner "male" (see anthropo-) + gyne "woman" (see queen).

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androgyny in Medicine

androgyny an·drog·y·ny (ān-drŏj'ə-nē)
n.

  1. Female pseudohermaphroditism.

  2. The condition of having both masculine and feminine characteristics, as in appearance, attitude, or behavior.


an·drog'y·nous (-nəs) adj.
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androgyny in Science
androgynous
  (ān-drŏj'ə-nəs)   
Having both female and male characteristics.

androgyny noun (ān-drŏj'ə-nē)
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