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Definition of epicene adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(formal) having characteristics of both the male and female sex or of neither sex in particular epicene beauty
  2. 2(grammar) (of a word) having one form to represent male and female You can write “s/he” as an epicene pronoun when you are not referring to men or women in particular.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: epicene