[an-droj-uh-nuh s]


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 formsan·drog·y·ny, noun
Can be confusedandrogenous androgynous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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botany having male and female flowers in the same inflorescence, as cuckoo pint
having male and female characteristics; hermaphrodite
Derived Formsandrogyny, noun
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Word Origin and History for androgyny

1833; see androgynous.



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




Female pseudohermaphroditism.
The condition of having both masculine and feminine characteristics, as in appearance, attitude, or behavior.
Related formsan•drogy•nous (-nəs) adj.
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androgyny in Science



Having both female and male characteristics.
Related formsandrogyny noun (ăn-drŏjə-nē)
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