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berdache

[ ber-dash ]
/ bərˈdæʃ /
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noun

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

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Origin of berdache

First recorded in 1800–10; from North American French; French bardache “catamite,” from South Italian bardassa, bardascia “boy, young man,” posssibly from Arabic bardaj “captive,” from Persian bardah, wardag
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Example sentences from the Web for berdache

  • Hence probably the astounding berdache chiefs of the tale: they are imagined in order to provide the fitting dance setting.

    Seven Mohave Myths|A. L. Kroeber
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