androgynous

[an-droj-uh-nuhs]
adjective
1.
being both male and female; hermaphroditic.
2.
having both masculine and feminine characteristics.
3.
having an ambiguous sexual identity.
4.
neither clearly masculine nor clearly feminine in appearance: the androgynous look of many rock stars.
5.
Botany. having staminate and pistillate flowers in the same inflorescence.

Origin:
1620–30; androgyne + -ous

androgyny, noun

androgenous, androgynous.
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androgynous (ænˈdrɒdʒɪnəs)
 
adj
1.  botany having male and female flowers in the same inflorescence, as cuckoo pint
2.  having male and female characteristics; hermaphrodite
 
an'drogyny
 
n

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androgynous
1620s, from L. androgynus, from Gk. androgynos "hermaphrodite, male and female in one," from andros gen. of aner "male" (see anthropo-) + gyne "woman" (see queen). Androgyne is attested from 1550s.

androgyny
c.1850, see androgynous.
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androgyny an·drog·y·ny (ān-drŏj'ə-nē)
n.

  1. Female pseudohermaphroditism.

  2. The condition of having both masculine and feminine characteristics, as in appearance, attitude, or behavior.


an·drog'y·nous (-nəs) adj.
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androgynous   (ān-drŏj'ə-nəs)  Pronunciation Key 
Having both female and male characteristics.

androgyny noun (ān-drŏj'ə-nē)
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