| source : web1913 | 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. 2. Fig.: Sexless; neither one thing nor the other. The literary prigs epicene. --Prof. Wilson. He represented an epicene species, neither churchman nor layman. --J. A. Symonds. | source : wn | epicene adj 1: having an ambiguous sexual identity [syn: {bisexual}] 2: having unsuitable feminine qualities [syn: {effeminate}, {emasculate}, {cissy}, {sissified}, {sissyish}, {sissy}]