epicene

ep•i•cene
[[t]ˈɛp ɪˌsin[/t]] adj.
1) belonging to, or partaking of the characteristics of, both sexes
2) flaccid; feeble:
epicene prose[/ex]
3) effeminate; unmasculine
4) gram.
a) (of a noun or pronoun) capable of referring to either sex, as attendant, or
they[/ex]
b) (of Greek and Latin nouns) of the same gender class regardless of the sex of the referent
5) an epicene person or thing
Etymology: 1400–50; < L epicoenus of both genders < Gk epíkoinos common to many =epi- epi-+koinós common ep′i•cen`ism, n.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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