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Today's Word "epicene"

Possessing the quality of being effective on

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epicene \EP-uh-seen\ (adjective) - 1 : Having the characteristics of both sexes. 2 : Effeminate; unmasculine. 3 : Sexless; neuter. 4 : (Linguistics) Having but one form of the noun for both the male and the female.

(noun) - 1 : A person or thing that is epicene. 2 : (Linguistics) An epicene word.

"Kitsch must include more than the golden-haired Madonnas, the epicene statues of Jesus, the twee pictures of the infant Jesus... I must also include music, and the words of the liturgy, and hymns as well..." Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, 'Epistemology of the Closet'

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Epicene derives from Latin epicoenus, from Greek epikoinos, "common to," from epi-, "upon" + koinos, "common."

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