[ an-droj-uh-nuh s ]
/ ænˈdrɒdʒ ə nəs /


being both male and female; hermaphroditic.
having both masculine and feminine characteristics.
having an ambiguous sexual identity.
neither clearly masculine nor clearly feminine in appearance: the androgynous look of many rock stars.
Botany. having staminate and pistillate flowers in the same inflorescence.

Origin of androgynous

First recorded in 1620–30; androgyne + -ous

Related forms

an·drog·y·ny, noun

Can be confused

androgenous androgynous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for androgynous


/ (ænˈdrɒdʒɪnəs) /


botany having male and female flowers in the same inflorescence, as cuckoo pint
having male and female characteristics; hermaphrodite

Derived Forms

androgyny, noun
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Science definitions for androgynous


[ ăn-drŏjə-nəs ]

Having both female and male characteristics.

Related forms

androgyny noun (ăn-drŏjə-nē)
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