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 (gī-năn′drə-môrf′, jĭ-)
An organism having both male and female characteristics, especially an insect exhibiting a mixture of male and female tissues or sex organs.

gy·nan′dro·mor′phic adj.
gy·nan′dro·mor′phism, gy·nan′dro·mor′phy n.


(dʒɪˈnændrəʊˌmɔːf; ɡaɪ-; dʒaɪ-)
(Biology) an organism, esp an insect, that has both male and female physical characteristics. Compare hermaphrodite1
gyˌnandroˈmorphic, gyˌnandroˈmorphous adj
gyˌnandroˈmorphism, gyˈnandroˌmorphy n


(gaɪˈnæn drəˌmɔrf, dʒɪ-)

an individual having morphological characteristics of both sexes.
[1895–1900; < Greek gýnandro(s) (see gynandrous)]
gy•nan`dro•mor′phic, gy•nan`dro•mor′phous, adj.
gy•nan`dro•morph′ism, gy•nan′dro•mor`phy, n.
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Noun1.gynandromorph - one having both male and female sexual characteristics and organsgynandromorph - one having both male and female sexual characteristics and organs; at birth an unambiguous assignment of male or female cannot be made
bisexual, bisexual person - a person who is sexually attracted to both sexes
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To date, almost all observations of wild gynandromorphs have been brief, single observations (Shaub 1960, Alstrom and Olsson 1988, Patten 1993), or descriptions of collected birds (Townsend 1882, Brodkorb 1935, Laybourne 1967, Laskey 1969, Lowther 1977, Tordoff 1983, Parrish et al.
Such male-female mashups, called gynandromorphs, occur naturally--due to early-stage cellular anomalies--in zebra finches, pigeons and parrots, as well as in other kinds of animals.
The Scottish scientists studied three of half-boy, half-girl chickens, which are called gynandromorphs.
The general pattern in gynandromorphs is female plumage characters on the left side and male characters on the right, corresponding to the orientation of the ovary and testis in birds (Crew and Munroe 1938, Kumerloeve 1954).