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androgynous

[ an-droj-uh-nuhs ]
/ ænˈdrɒdʒ ə nəs /
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adjective
neither clearly masculine nor clearly feminine in appearance: the androgynous look of many rock stars.
having an ambiguous sexual identity or having both masculine and feminine gender characteristics.
being neither strictly male nor strictly female, often possessing physical sex traits of both.
Botany. having staminate and pistillate flowers in the same inflorescence.
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Origin of androgynous

First recorded in 1620–30; androgyne + -ous

OTHER WORDS FROM androgynous

an·drog·y·ny, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH androgynous

androgenous, androgynous
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British Dictionary definitions for androgynous

androgynous
/ (ænˈdrɒdʒɪnəs) /

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

Derived forms of androgynous

androgyny, noun
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Scientific definitions for androgynous

androgynous
[ ăn-drŏjə-nəs ]

Having both female and male characteristics.

Other words from androgynous

androgyny noun (ăn-drŏjə-nē)
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