- 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
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Examples from the Web for androgyny
Starting with the idea of androgyny, you argue that there is a woman in every man, and vice versa.Living Black & Gay in the ’50s
December 3, 2014
There are many others getting their footing, like Androgyny and Original Tomboy, all manly duds for anyone.Look Who’s Wearing The Pants: Haute Butch’s Gender-Blending Style
October 24, 2014
I felt it would be a useful challenge to let go of those things and embrace something else—to embrace my androgyny.Game of Thrones’ Gwendoline Christie on Brienne of Tarth’s Epic S4 Finale Showdown with The Hound
June 16, 2014
The feature, titled “Gender Agenda,” explores how androgyny is changing the fashion industry and motivates trends.Lauren Hutton Uses Shoes As Weapons; Tatler's Controversial Breast List
The Fashion Beast Team
April 19, 2013
These customers are not aiming for androgyny, just an alternative definition of femininity.Paris Fashion Week: Redefining Femininity at Comme des Garçons and Rick Owens
September 30, 2012
- botany having male and female flowers in the same inflorescence, as cuckoo pint
- having male and female characteristics; hermaphrodite
Word Origin and History for androgyny
1833; see androgynous.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Female pseudohermaphroditism.
- The condition of having both masculine and feminine characteristics, as in appearance, attitude, or behavior.
- Having both female and male characteristics.
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