androgynous

[[t]ændrɒ̱ʤɪnəs[/t]]
1) ADJ: usu ADJ n In biology, an androgynous person, animal, or plant has both male and female sexual characteristics. [TECHNICAL]
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2) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n If you describe someone as androgynous, you mean that they are not distinctly masculine or feminine in appearance or in behaviour.

Belinda was always attracted to men with an androgynous quality to them...

The style was quite androgynous.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • androgynous — [an drä′jə nəs] adj. [L androgynus < Gr androgynos: see ANDRO & GYNOUS] 1. both male and female in one; hermaphroditic 2. Bot. bearing both staminate and pistillate flowers in the same inflorescence or cluster 3. a) of or marked by a blend of… …   English World dictionary

  • Androgynous — An*drog y*nous, Androgynal An*drog y*nal, a. [L. androgynus, Gr. ?; anh r, andro s, man + gynh woman: cf. F. androgyne.] 1. Uniting both sexes in one, or having the characteristics of both; being in nature both male and female; hermaphroditic.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • androgynous — (adj.) 1620s, from L. androgynus, from Gk. androgynos hermaphrodite, male and female in one; womanish man; as an adjective (of baths) common to men and women, from andros, gen. of aner male (see ANTHROPO (Cf. anthropo )) + gyne woman (see QUEEN… …   Etymology dictionary

  • androgynous — *bisexual, hermaphroditic, hermaphrodite, epicene …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • androgynous — [adj] having male and female traits bisexual, cross sexual, epicene, hermaphrodite, trans sexual, unisexual; concept 372 …   New thesaurus

  • androgynous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ partly male and partly female; of indeterminate sex. DERIVATIVES androgyny noun. ORIGIN from Greek an r man + gun woman …   English terms dictionary

  • androgynous — adjective Etymology: Latin androgynus hermaphrodite, from Greek androgynos, from andr + gynē woman more at queen Date: 1651 1. having the characteristics or nature of both male and female 2. a. neither specifically feminine nor masculine …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • androgynous — an|drog|y|nous [ænˈdrɔdʒınəs US ˈdra: ] adj [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: androgynus person who is both male and female , from Greek, from andr ( ANDR ) + gyne woman ] 1.) having both male and female parts 2.) someone who is androgynous… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • androgynous — an|drog|y|nous [ æn dradʒənəs ] adjective 1. ) an androgynous person is neither clearly male nor clearly female 2. ) an androgynous animal or plant has both male and female parts …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • androgynous — adjective 1 having both male and female parts 2 someone who is androgynous looks both female and male: Bowie had a kind of androgynous sex appeal …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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