Word of the Week (WOW) – Androgynous

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Word of the Week (WOW) is a weekly meme created by Heena Rathore P. It’s a fun way to improve vocabulary by learning new words every week.

To participate, simply do a post with your word and leave the link to your post as a comment on Heena’s WOW post.

Here is my WOW for this week:

androgynous

Word: Androgynous

Part of Speech:  Adjective

(Adverb:  Androgynously.  Noun: Androgyny )

 Pronunciation:  an-drog-y-nous  (an-droj’e-nes;  ænˈdrɒdʒ ə nəs)

 Meaning:

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:

5. (biology) an individual animal or flower that has both male and female reproductive organs

Synonyms:  

cross-sexual, bisexual, unisexual, epicine, hermaphroditic

Antonyms:

 gendered 

(near antonyms: masculine, feminine)

Word Origin:  

Early 17th century from the Latin androgynus and the Greek androgynos

Use in a sentence: 

1. Rockin’ Reggie had the androgynous look of many rock stars.

2. He was a stunningly adgrogynous dancer.

Androgynous is an interesting word. I can appreciate how well it could be used in Sci-Fi novels and such like, to describe genderless beings.

In botany, androgynous is sometimes used instead of one of its synonyms, hermaphroditic. Examples of plants bearing both male and female reproductve organs include trees like birch, walnut oak and chestnut. The common plant, cuckoo pint, is often chosen as an example of a an androgynous flowering plant.  Here are a couple of pictures of it:

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Cuckoo Pint (Arum maculatum) before flowering. Oliver Pichard: Creative Commons

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Cuckoo Pint (Arum maculatum) bearing fruits. Jeffdelange: Creative Commons

If you would like to check out more interesting words then visit Heena’s page:

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About milliethom

I am a reader and writer of historical fiction with a keen interest in the Earth's history and all it involves, both physically and socially. I like nothing better than to be outdoors, especially in faraway places, and baking is something I do when my eyes need respite from my computer screen.
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13 Responses to Word of the Week (WOW) – Androgynous

  1. It would seem the writer’s mind often passes through Androgynous states 🙂

  2. afairymind says:

    Rockin’ Reggie! LOL. I’m thinking he’s probably rather like David Bowie back in his Ziggy Stardust days. 🙂 Great word.

  3. Wow, what an interesting word! 😉 Big thumbs up for Millie! You not only teach us the meaning of this word, but also show us examples by posting pictures of these interesting plants. I had a great pleasure reading this post 🙂 Keep it up sweetie! ❤

  4. mojoshawn says:

    Neat post!

  5. Such a clever word! It’s a great substitute for hermaphroditic! Thanks for sharing such an interesting word Millie!
    And I loved the way you gave this post a new twist with the pictures 🙂
    I’m so glad you’re doing this prompt 😀

  6. Very informative thank you 😀

  7. maddmombetty says:

    Thanks, Millie! Always the teacher…great pics!

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