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 for epicene
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Epicene \Ep"i*cene\, a. & n. [L. epicoenus, Gr. ?; fr. 'epi` + ?
     common; cf. F. ['e]pic[`e]ne.]
     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.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. Fig.: Sexless; neither one thing nor the other.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              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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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  epicene
      adj 1: having an ambiguous sexual identity [syn: bisexual,
             epicene]
      2: having unsuitable feminine qualities [syn: effeminate,
         emasculate, epicene, cissy, sissified, sissyish,
         sissy]
      n 1: one having both male and female sexual characteristics and
           organs; at birth an unambiguous assignment of male or
           female cannot be made [syn: hermaphrodite, intersex,
           gynandromorph, androgyne, epicene, epicene person]

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