epicene

[ ep-i-seen ]
/ ˈɛp ɪˌsin /

adjective

belonging to, or partaking of the characteristics of, both sexes: Fashions in clothing are becoming increasingly epicene.
flaccid; feeble; weak: an epicene style of writing.
effeminate; unmasculine.
(of Greek and Latin nouns) of the same gender class regardless of the sex of the being referred to, as Latin vulpēs “fox or vixen” is always grammatically feminine.
Grammar. (of a noun or pronoun) capable of referring to either sex, as attendant, chairperson, Kim, one, or they; having common gender.

noun

a person or thing that is epicene.

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Origin of epicene

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin epicoenus of both genders < Greek epíkoinos common to many, equivalent to epi- epi- + koinós common

OTHER WORDS FROM epicene

ep·i·cen·ism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for epicene

epicene
/ (ˈɛpɪˌsiːn) /

adjective

having the characteristics of both sexes; hermaphroditic
of neither sex; sexless
effeminate
grammar
  1. denoting a noun that may refer to a male or a female, such as teacher as opposed to businessman or shepherd
  2. (in Latin, Greek, etc) denoting a noun that retains the same grammatical gender regardless of the sex of the referent

noun

an epicene person or creature
an epicene noun

Derived forms of epicene

epicenism, noun

Word Origin for epicene

C15: from Latin epicoenus of both genders, from Greek epikoinos common to many, from koinos common
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