Epicene

Ep"i*cene

(?), a. & n. [L. epicoenus, Gr. ; fr. 'epi` + common; cf. F. picne.] 1. Common to both sexes; -- a term applied, in grammar, to such nouns as have but one form of gender, either the masculine or feminine, to indicate animals of both sexes; as boy^s, bos, for the ox and cow; sometimes applied to eunuchs and hermaphrodites.
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2. Fig.: Sexless; neither one thing nor the other.
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The literary prigs epicene.
Prof. Wilson.
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He represented an epicene species, neither churchman nor layman.
J. A. Symonds.
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