But a liberal-minded public grew more and more in favor of epicene colleges.
What's the meaning of this; and what, may I ask, is the intention of this—this epicene attire?
He was a great contrast to the epicene bird-like creature who had lorded it over the civic fortunes of Valladolid.
He looked away, for that epicene tenderness of hers was too harrowing.
This seemed to him an odd way to look at things, and he boggled over a phrase about an "epicene lily."
Sentiment is the ultima ratio feminarum, and of men whose natures are of the epicene gender.
The latest development of the impulses which animate the epicene sex has taken its expression in after-dinner oratory.
mid-15c., epycen, originally a grammatical term for nouns that may denote either gender, from Latin epicoenus "common," from Greek epikoinos "common to many, promiscuous," from epi "on" (see epi-) + koinos "common" (see coeno-). Extended sense of "characteristic of both sexes" first recorded in English c.1600; that of "effeminate" 1630s.