Androgynous vs Ambisextrous - What's the difference?

androgynous | ambisextrous |


As adjectives the difference between androgynous and ambisextrous

is that androgynous is possessing the sex organs of both sexes while ambisextrous is bisexual.

androgynous

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Possessing the sex organs of both sexes.
  • Pertaining to a feature or characteristic that is not definitively of either sex.
  • Names like Pat, Terry and Jean are androgynous because they can be given to babies of either gender.
  • Possessing qualities of both sexes.
  • * Owen
  • The truth is, a great mind must be androgynous .

    See also

    * genderqueer * gender bender * hermaphroditic * intersex * shehe

    ambisextrous

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Bisexual.
  • She is ambisextrous , so may have a sexual partner of either gender.
  • * {{quote-book
  • , year = 1978 , title = Blind Fortune , first = Fabia , last = Drake , authorlink = Fabia Drake , publisher = Kimber , isbn = 0718304551 , ol = 4289377M , page = 94 , url = http://books.google.com/books?id=wzsPAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA94&dq=ambisextrous , passage = Ivor was ambisextrous and loved women physically, too. }}
  • * {{quote-book
  • , date = 2003-07-06 , title = If This Is Insanity, Count Me In , first = Gerard , last = Gormley , publisher = (iUniverse) , isbn = 9781469739502 , ol = 10707250M , page = 143 , pageurl = http://books.google.com/books?id=Sbi-Oa7h23IC&pg=PA143&dq=ambisextrous , passage = “One of those what?” “You know, ambisextrous .” “Let's just say Faith loves beauty, whatever its form.” }}
  • * {{quote-book
  • , date = 2007-05-01 , chapter = Tallulah Bankhead , title = , first = Keith , last = Stern , authorlink = Keith Stern , publisher = Lulu , isbn = 9781847283481 , ol = 11916511M , passage = She had numerous heterosexual affairs but considered herself “ambisextrous .” }}
  • Epicene, androgynous.
  • * {{quote-book
  • , year = 1968 , title = (Stand on Zanzibar) , first = John , last = Brunner , authorlink = John Brunner (novelist) , location = New York , publisher = Doubleday , ol = 24280464M , passage = “Yatakang?” said the purser of the express, an elegant young biv-type sporting ambisextrous shoulder-long bangs. }}
  • * {{quote-book
  • , year = 1984 , title = Pathologic Basis of Disease , first = Stanley Leonard , last = Robbins , coauthors = Ramzi S. Cotran, Vinay Kumar , edition = Third , publisher = W. B. Saunders , isbn = 9780721675978 , ol = 3177899M , page = 1154 , url = http://books.google.com/books?id=oZlrAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA1154&dq=ambisextrous , passage = The embryogenesis of such male-directed stromal cells remains a puzzle, and it can be only theorized that it represents masculine differentiation of the mesenchyme derived from the embryonic “ambisextrous ” primitive gonads. }}
  • * {{quote-book
  • , date = 2003-05-22 , title = Paediatric Clinical Examinations Made Easy , first = Denis , last = Gill , coauthors = Niall O'Brien , publisher = Churchill Livingstone , isbn = 9780443073175 , ol = 10259342M , passage = Throughout the text the terms ‘he’, ‘him’, ‘his’, should be taken to be ‘ambisextrous ’ and to refer to ‘him’ and ‘her’. }}
  • Having both male and female, or masculine and feminine elements.
  • * 1920 , , “Genesis, or, The First Book in the Bible”, reprinted in Pavannes and Divagations , New Directions Publishing (1974), ISBN 978-0-8112-0575-7, page 171:
  • One searches to see whether the author [of “He created them male and female”, 5:2] meant to say that man was at the start ambisextrous
  • * {{quote-magazine
  • , date = 1921-11-19 , title = The Canyon of the Fools , author = Richard Matthews Hallet , magazine = (The Saturday Evening Post) , volume = 194 , issue = 2 , page = 55 , url = http://books.google.com/books?id=1VowAQAAMAAJ&pg=RA6-PA55&dq=ambisextrous , passage = “So you think, wonderful woman; but you're so utterly unlike your sisters in that particular. You're ambisextrous , do you know that?” }}
  • * “Adolf Smith” (pseudonym), quoted in Dudley Ward Fay, “Adolf, a Modern Edipus”, in The Psychoanalytic Review , Volume IX Number 3 (July 1922), page 281:
  • My signature with either hand is the same. I’m ambidextrous, ambisextrous . I’m intermediate sex.