Zwitter

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German zwitarn (bastard; hermaphrodite), from Old High German zwitarn (bastard). The first part is the prefix zwie- (two-, bi-), but the identity of the second part is unknown.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈtsvɪtər/, [ˈt͡sʋɪtɐ]
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

Zwitter m (genitive Zwitters, plural Zwitter)

  1. hermaphrodite (individual or organism having both male and female gonads)
    Synonym: Hermaphrodit
  2. (figuratively, chiefly in compounds) hybrid (something of mixed components)
    Synonym: Hybride
  3. (obsolete) a child born of a relation considered illicit or incongruous (born out of wedlock, of different social classes, and/or of different races); a bastard; a mongrel
    Synonyms: Bankert, Bastard, Blendling, Kebskind, Kegel, Mischling

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