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Androgyne   Listen

One having both male and female sexual characteristics and organs; at birth an unambiguous assignment of male or female cannot be made.  Synonyms: epicene, epicene person, gynandromorph, hermaphrodite, intersex.

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"Androgyne" Quotes from Famous Books

... monster and mindful of the Papal Bull NE NIMIS NOCEANT NOBIS which enjoins upon Christians the duty of destroying all unnatural productions however generated, incontinently ordered it to be put out of the way. But the destruction of this androgyne proved an arduous task. It was reported that the creature fought for its life with the energy of a demon, crowing vigorously the while and laying, in the very act of death, an egg—an egg of spheroidal ...
— South Wind • Norman Douglas

... words signifying mother and father indicates that it is to such conjunction we must refer creative power. With such an androgyne element the sun was associated by ancient mythologists. Jupiter was himself sometimes represented as being female; and the word hermaphrodite is in itself a union between Hermes and Aphrodite, the male and female creative powers. We may fairly conclude, from the existence of names ...
— The God-Idea of the Ancients - or Sex in Religion • Eliza Burt Gamble

... identity of God and Man; they were for ever annihilated in the Simurgh and the shade vanished in the sun (Ibid. iii. 250). The wild ideas concerning Khalit and Malit (vol. v. 319) are again Guebre. "From the seed of Kayomars (the androgyne, like pre- Adamite man) sprang a tree shaped like two human beings and thence proceeded Meshia and Meshianah, first man and woman, progenitors of mankind;" who, though created for "Shidistan, Light-land," were seduced by Ahriman. This "two-man-tree" is evidently the duality ...
— The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, Volume 10 • Richard F. Burton

Words linked to "Androgyne" :   gynandromorph, androgenous, hermaphrodite, epicene, intersex, epicene person, androgynous, bisexual, bisexual person

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