Zwitter

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German zwitarn, from Old High German zwitarn. The first part is the prefix zwie-, but what the second part is is unknown.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

Zwitter m (genitive Zwitters, plural Zwitter)

  1. a being of two kins (not necessarily humans or animals)
    1. (obsolete) a child where one parent is of higher birth than the other
    2. (obsolete) a child born out of wedlock, a misbegotten, a bastard
      Synonyms: Kegel, Bankert, Bastard, uneheliches Kind, Kebskind
    3. a child of two different races, mongrel, hybrid, bastard
      Synonyms: halbschlächtiger Blendling, Mischling, Bastard
    4. a being of two sexes, a hermaphrodite
      Synonyms: Hermaphrodit

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Further reading[edit]

  1. ^ Wolfgang Pfeifer: Etymologisches Wörterbuch.