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Latin androgynus ‎(hermaphrodite), from Ancient Greek ἀνδρόγυνος ‎(andrógunos, eunuch), from ἀνδρός ‎(andrós) (genitive of ἀνήρ ‎(anḗr, man)) + γυνή ‎(gunḗ, woman) +‎ -ous.



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.
    Names like Pat, Terry, and Jean are androgynous because they can be given to babies of either gender.
  3. Possessing qualities of both sexes.
    • Owen
      The truth is, a great mind must be androgynous.


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