Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Wednesday Word: Epicene

epicene |ˈepiˌsēnadjectivehaving characteristics of both sexes or no characteristics of either sex; of indeterminate sex: the sort of epicene beauty peculiar to boys of a certain age.• effeminate; effete: the actor infused the role with an epicene languor.nounan epicene person.ORIGIN late Middle English (as a grammaticalterm): via late Latin from Greek epikoinos (based on koinos common).
Until yesterday I had no knowledge of the existence of this word. You'd think it should be listed as a synonym for androgynous but my dictionary doesn't think so.


  1. Huh, I had it SOOO wrong - I was thinking a geologic age, like Pleistocene.

    1. Charlie Cochrane said the exact same thing, with the exception that she actually knew the word.