Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Androgynous \An*drog"y*nous\, Androgynal \An*drog"y*nal\, a. [L. androgynus, Gr. ?; 'anh`r, 'andro`s, man + gynh` woman: cf. F. androgyne.]
Uniting both sexes in one, or having the characteristics of both; being in nature both male and female; hermaphroditic.
The truth is, a great mind must be androgynous.
(Bot.) Bearing both staminiferous and pistilliferous flowers in the same cluster.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
a. 1 Possessing the sex organs of both sexes. (from the earlier 17th c.) 2 Pertaining to a feature or characteristic that is not definitively of either sex. 3 Possessing qualities of both sexes.
"Androgynous" is a song by The Replacements featured on their album Let It Be which came out in 1984.
The song was covered by Crash Test Dummies and released as the third and final single from their 1991 debut album The Ghosts That Haunt Me.
Joan Jett also covered the song on both her albums Sinner and Naked.
Jubilee also covered the song. Their version appeared as the B-side on their first single, "Rebel Hiss".
In 2015, the song was covered by Joan Jett again, along with Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! and Miley Cyrus, for Cyrus's Backyard Sessions video series to support The Happy Hippie Foundation, an organization founded by Cyrus to support homeless LGBT youth.
Towards the end of the song, you can hear Paul Westerberg sing the words "Jefferson's Cock". Occasionally, The Replacements would play gigs in Minneapolis under this name, with the band members wearing dresses.
Usage examples of "androgynous".
He was too beautiful, the kind of androgynous beauty that holovid models sometimes achieve.
Goth crowd sheathed their androgynous bodies mostly in black leather and velvet, with frilly white and black lace on several of the women.
If men and women are to be truly equal, should masculinity and femininity merge into one androgynous, indivisible form of gender, or should we seek to remove the sexual connotation from gender altogether?
At first the idea of merging masculinity and femininity in order to create an androgynous society recalls the bland, androgynous Chinese society of Maozedong.
Nevertheless, the notion of an androgynous society misses the whole point of cross-dressing.
CDs would abhor an androgynous society because it would destroy the very thing they seek: the experience of being womanlike.
Ialin sat on a chest with his chin in his hands, a grin of amusement on his homely, androgynous features.
I am repeatedly told that the soul itself is androgynous, and yet, in the same breath, clients declare sex is not an unimportant factor.
She was in her late teens, wearing a slinky silk dress that revealed an almost androgynous figure, all ribcage and stringy muscle.
The androgynous computer voice signaled that the yacht was of Earth Alliance make.
Alice Lee Langman was a perfected presence, an enameled lady marked with the androgynous quality, that sexually ambivalent aura that seems a common denominator among certain persons whose allure crosses all frontiers-a mystique not confined to women, for Nureyev has it, Nehru had it, so did the youthful Marlon Brando and Elvis Presley, so did Montgomery Clift and James Dean.
I remember, a particularly charming plant, androgynous, you can see a lot of stamens and pistils, an androecium and a gynaeceum, if I remember rightly.
Isozaki noted that Aldikacti was one of those stocky Lusian women who seemed almost too androgynous to label with gender.
The worn, serene, androgynous face on its obverse was not the face of Vodalus.
At the far end of the hall was a golden throne flanked by two life-size golden statues, showing Ammon standing, arms folded across his chest, a stern expression on his androgynous face.