1. being both male and female; hermaphroditic.
  2. having both masculine and feminine characteristics.
  3. having an ambiguous sexual identity.
  4. neither clearly masculine nor clearly feminine in appearance: the androgynous look of many rock stars.
  5. Botany. having staminate and pistillate flowers in the same inflorescence.


  1. botany having male and female flowers in the same inflorescence, as cuckoo pint
  2. having male and female characteristics; hermaphrodite

1833; see androgynous.


1620s, from Latin androgynus, from Greek androgynos “hermaphrodite, male and female in one; womanish man;” as an adjective (of baths) “common to men and women,” from andros, genitive of aner “male” (see anthropo-) + gyne “woman” (see queen).


  1. Female pseudohermaphroditism.
  2. The condition of having both masculine and feminine characteristics, as in appearance, attitude, or behavior.

  1. Having both female and male characteristics.

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