androgyny and androgynous

   Having both male and female characteristics or qualities. The use of androgynous figures in mythology is widespread. In Greek mythology, for example, the minor god Hermaphroditus became both male and female after the nymph Salacis was united with him in one body. The concept of androgyny has been further developed by those following the psychological theory that human personality is invariably made up of both male and female characteristics. The feminist movement has promoted the notion that if males develop their feminine side and women their masculine side, differences could be lessened, and rigid stereotyping avoided.

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  • Androgyny — For other uses, see Androgyny (disambiguation). Androgyny is a term derived from the Greek words ανήρ, stem ανδρ (anér, andr , meaning man) and γυνή (gyné, meaning woman), referring to the combination of masculine and feminine characteristics.… …   Wikipedia

  • Androgyny (disambiguation) — Androgyny can refer to either a combining of both genders, or a lack of both * a person who exhibits androgyny is called an androgyne * for plants and flowers see Hermaphroditism in plants and Plant sexualityIn Music: Androgyny is a song by… …   Wikipedia

  • androgynous — [an drä′jə nəs] adj. [L androgynus < Gr androgynos: see ANDRO & GYNOUS] 1. both male and female in one; hermaphroditic 2. Bot. bearing both staminate and pistillate flowers in the same inflorescence or cluster 3. a) of or marked by a blend of… …   English World dictionary

  • androgynous — androgyny, n. /an droj euh neuhs/, adj. 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 …   Universalium

  • androgyny — androgynous ► ADJECTIVE ▪ partly male and partly female; of indeterminate sex. DERIVATIVES androgyny noun. ORIGIN from Greek an r man + gun woman …   English terms dictionary

  • androgynous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ partly male and partly female; of indeterminate sex. DERIVATIVES androgyny noun. ORIGIN from Greek an r man + gun woman …   English terms dictionary

  • Androgyny (song) — Infobox Single Name = Androgyny Artist = Garbage from Album = Beautiful Garbage B side = “Begging Bone” Released = August 27, 2001 (US) September 19, 2001 (Japan) September 24, 2001 (UK EU) Format = 12 , CD maxi, CD single Recorded = April 2000 – …   Wikipedia

  • androgyny — See androgynously. * * *       condition in which characteristics of both sexes are clearly expressed in a single individual. In biology, androgyny refers to individuals with fully developed sexual organs of both sexes, also called hermaphrodites …   Universalium

  • androgynous — adjective Etymology: Latin androgynus hermaphrodite, from Greek androgynos, from andr + gynē woman more at queen Date: 1651 1. having the characteristics or nature of both male and female 2. a. neither specifically feminine nor masculine …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • androgynous — Pertaining to androgyny. * * * an·drog·y·nous an dräj ə nəs adj having the characteristics or nature of both male and female an·drog·y·ny nē n, pl nies * * * an·drog·y·nous (an drojґĭ nəs) pertaining to or characterized by androgyny;… …   Medical dictionary


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