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Thursday, June 07, 2007

Definitions for epicene

  1. Having the characteristics of both sexes.
  2. Effeminate; unmasculine.
  3. Sexless; neuter.

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Citations for epicene
He has a clear-eyed, epicene handsomeness -- cruel, sensuous mouth; cheekbones to cut your heart on -- the sort of excessive beauty that is best appreciated in repose on a 50-foot screen. Franz Lidz, New York Times
She smothers (almost literally at times) her weak, epicene son Vladimir, and is prepared to commit any crime to see him become Tsar, despite his reluctance. Ronald Bergan, Sergei Eisenstein: A Life in Conflict
Origin of epicene
late Middle English
1400-1450
Epicene derives from Latin epicoenus, from Greek epikoinos, "common to," from epi-, "upon" + koinos, "common."