epicene vs gynandromorph what difference

what is difference between epicene and gynandromorph

English

Etymology

From Late Middle English epicene, epicen, epicin, epcyn, episcen, epycen, epycene, epycyn, ypsen ((grammar) having only one form for masculine and feminine gender, common), from Late Latin epicoenos, epicoenus (of a noun: applicable to either males or females), Latin epicoenon (noun applicable to either males or females; grammatical gender of such nouns), from Ancient Greek ἐπίκοινος (epíkoinos, common to many people, things, etc.; promiscuous, sluttish) (compare γένος ἐπίκοινον (génos epíkoinon, common gender)), from ἐπι- (epi-, prefix meaning ‘on, upon; on top of; all over’) + κοινός (koinós, common; general, public) (ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *ḱóm (beside, by, near, with) + *-yós (suffix forming adjectives from noun stems)).

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɛpɪsiːn/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɛ.pəˌsin/
  • Hyphenation: epi‧cene

Adjective

epicene (not comparable)

  1. (linguistics) Of or relating to a class of Greek and Latin nouns that may refer to males or females but have a fixed grammatical gender (feminine, masculine, neuter, etc.).
  2. (linguistics) Of or relating to nouns or pronouns in any language that have a single form for male and female referents.
    Synonym: common
  3. (by extension) Suitable for use regardless of sex; unisex.
  4. (biology and figuratively) Of indeterminate sex, whether asexual, androgynous, hermaphrodite, or intersex; of a human face, intermediate in form between a man’s face and a woman’s face.
    Synonyms: gynandromorphic, gynandrous
  5. (by extension) Indeterminate; mixed.
  6. (by extension, usually derogatory) Of a man: effeminate.

Alternative forms

  • epicœne, epicoene (obsolete)

Derived terms

  • epicene pronoun
  • epicenism
  • epicenity

Translations

Noun

epicene (plural epicenes)

  1. (linguistics) An epicene word; preceded by the: the epicene words of a language as a class.
  2. (biology and figuratively) An epicene person, whether biologically asexual, androgynous, hermaphrodite, or intersex; an androgyne, a hermaphrodite. [from 17th c.]
  3. (by extension) A transsexual; also, a transvestite.
  4. (by extension, usually derogatory) An effeminate man.

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Notes

References

Further reading

  • epicenity on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

Italian

Adjective

epicene

  1. feminine plural of epiceno


English

Etymology

gyno- +‎ andro- +‎ -morph

Noun

gynandromorph (plural gynandromorphs)

  1. An insect, crustacean or bird literally having physical characteristics of both sexes, usually displaying a bilateral difference.
  2. A person having certain physical characteristics of both sexes.

Derived terms

Related terms

  • gynandrous

Translations

See also

  • gender ambiguous
  • hermaphrodite

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