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From Latin androgynus (man-woman, hermaphrodite), from Ancient Greek ἀνδρόγῠνος (andrógunos), from ἀνήρ (anḗr, man) +‎ γῠνή (gunḗ, woman) +‎ -ος (-os, -ous, adjectival suffix).



androgynous (comparative more androgynous, superlative most androgynous)

  1. Possessing the sex organs of both sexes. [from the earlier 17th c.]
  2. Pertaining to a feature or characteristic that is not definitively of either sex.
    • 1993, Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Sower, HEADLINE PUBLISHING GROUP (2019), page 199:
      My name is androgynous, in pronunciation at least – Lauren sounds like the more masculine Loren.
    Nicknames like Pat, Sam, and Chris are androgynous, used by both men and women.
  3. Possessing qualities of both sexes.
  4. (of a connector or docking port) Able to connect to another connector or port of the same type, rather than being restricted to connecting to solely male or solely female connectors or ports.
    APAS is an androgynous docking system, so - in principle, at least - any APAS-equipped vehicle should be able to hook up with any other, without having to worry about matching male with female ports.


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