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berdache

[ber-dash] /bərˈdæʃ/
noun
1.
(in some American Indian tribes) a man who adopts the dress and social roles traditionally assigned to women.
Origin
South Italian
1800-1810
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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