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  1. an androgynous plant.
  2. an androgynous person, as one who chooses unisex clothing.
  3. a female pseudohermaphrodite.
  4. a being of ambiguous sexual identity; one that combines major aspects of both the male and the female.
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Origin of androgyne

1545–55; < Middle French < Latin androgynus < Greek andrógynos hermaphrodite, equivalent to andro- andro- + gyn- gyn- + -os masculine noun suffix
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Historical Examples of androgyne

  • The scarab it must be remembered was in the Egyptian thought, an androgyne.


    Isaac Myer

  • Where these two streams fused the worship of an androgyne, or man-woman god, is said to have resulted.

  • This androgyne, in many respects, resembled the mujerados of the Pueblo Indians, and probably served a like purpose in his tribe.

  • Jupiter is a Proteus in form; now a man, now a bull, now a swan, now an androgyne.

  • With such an androgyne element the sun was associated by ancient mythologists.

British Dictionary definitions for androgyne


  1. another word for hermaphrodite
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Word Origin for androgyne

C17: from Old French, via Latin from Greek androgunos, from anēr man + gunē woman
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Word Origin and History for androgyne


"hermaphrodite," mid-12c., from Medieval Latin androgyne, from Greek androgyne (see androgynous).

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