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The Collaborative International Dictionary

Androgyny \An*drog"y*ny\, Androgynism \An*drog"y*nism\, n. Union of both sexes in one individual; hermaphroditism.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1833; see androgynous.


n. 1 hermaphroditism. 2 The state of having traits of both male and female genders. (from the mid 19th century) 3 The state of appearing to be neither feminine nor masculine.


n. showing characteristics of both sexes [syn: hermaphroditism, bisexuality]

Androgyny (song)

"Androgyny" is a 2001 hybrid rock/ pop/ funk song released by alternative rock group Garbage as the lead single from their third studio album, Beautiful Garbage. Released worldwide in September 2001, "Androgyny" represented a shift in the group's style, overtly embracing current music elements into their repertoire.

While a moderate success in many markets across the globe, such as in Australia, Canada and in New Zealand, promotion for "Androgyny" and its parent album were put on hold in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks. The mixed reaction from both critics and Garbage's fanbase to "Androgyny" also contributed to its underperformance on Garbage's home markets of the United Kingdom, where "Androgyny" stalled outside the top twenty, and in United States, where it failed to register on any Billboard charts.

Androgyny (disambiguation)

Androgyny can refer to either a combining of both sexes, or a lack of both.

  • for plants and flowers see: Hermaphroditism in plants; and Plant sexuality

Androgyny or Androgynous may also refer to:

  • "Androgynous" (song), a song by The Replacements
  • "Androgyny" (song), a 2001 song by Garbage

'''Androgyny ''' is the combination of masculine and feminine characteristics. Gender ambiguity may be found in fashion, gender identity, sexual identity, or sexual lifestyle. It can also refer to one's singing or speaking voice.

Usage examples of "androgyny".

Tall, hipless and small-breasted to the point of clinical androgyny, Madame Sosostris had the body most of her clients secretly craved, whether or not they realized it.

There, crammed in one of the bottom divisions, was a novel written by Lamont Withers, who had been the gabbiest, most annoying member of my Joyce seminar at Columbia and now taught at Bennington A Vision of Fish, an experimental novel disguised by its jacket drawing of two embracing androgynies as a romance.