berdache

[ ber-dash ]
/ bərˈdæʃ /

noun

Older Use: Sometimes Offensive. two-spirit(def 1).

Nearby words

  1. berbice chair,
  2. berceuse,
  3. berchta,
  4. berchtesgaden,
  5. bercy,
  6. berdichev,
  7. berdyaev,
  8. berdyansk,
  9. berdyayev,
  10. berea

Origin of berdache

1800–10; < North American French; French bardache passive partner in sodomy, boy prostitute < South Italian bardascia < Arabic bardaj slave < Persian bardah

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