- epicœne (archaic)
From Middle English, from Latin epicoenon (“grammatical category”), from Ancient Greek γένος ἐπίκοινον (génos epíkoinon), from ἐπίκοινος (epíkoinos, “common; sluttish”), from ἐπι- (epi-, “epi-: upon, over”) + κοινός (koinós, “common”). Used as a synonym for hermaphrodite and androgynous from the 17th century.
epicene (not comparable)
- (linguistics) Of or related to a class of Greek and Latin nouns that may refer to men or women but have a fixed grammatical gender.
- The Greek word ἀλώπηξ (alṓpēx) is an epicene noun: it is always grammatically feminine, even when referring to male foxes.
- (linguistics) Of or related to nouns (in any language) that have a single form for male and female referents.
- (biology and figuratively) Of indeterminate sex, whether asexual, hermaphrodite, androgynous, or intersex.
- You're so epicene... Which pronoun should I use?
- (figuratively, of men, usually pejorative) Effeminate.
- (figuratively) Indeterminate; mixed.
- Suitable for use regardless of sex: unisex.
- (of indeterminate sex): epicenism; see also asexual, hermaphrodite, androgynous, and intersex
- (effeminate): See effeminate
- (suitable for use regardless of sex): unisex
- (linguistics, one word with two grammatical genders): common
epicene (plural epicenes)
- (linguistics) An epicene word.
- (linguistics, with definite article) The epicene words of a language as a class.
- An epicene person, an androgyne, whether biologically asexual, intersex, or hermaphrodite or of indeterminate sex in behavior and appearance.
- (of men, usually pejorative) An effeminate man, particularly a man dressed as a woman.
- "epicene, adj. and n." in the Oxford English Dictionary (2016), Oxford: Oxford University Press.