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epicene

[ ep-i-seen ]
/ ˈɛp ɪˌsin /
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adjective

lacking the typical characteristics of a particular gender or sex; sexless: 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 individual referred to, as the grammatically feminine Latin vulpēs “fox.”
Grammar. (of a noun or pronoun) capable of referring to any individual regardless of sex, as attendant, chairperson, Pat, one, or they; having common gender.

noun

a person or thing that is epicene.

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Origin of epicene

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English, from Latin epicoenus “of both genders,” from Greek epíkoinos “common to many,” equivalent to epi- epi- + koinós “common”
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
epicenism, noun
C15: from Latin epicoenus of both genders, from Greek epikoinos common to many, from koinos common
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