epicene pronoun
Definition - A pronoun that has just one form for both masculine and feminine antecedents.

Notes:
1. English doesn't have a singular epicene pronoun, hence people resort to saying things like he/she. Several neologisms have been suggested - e.g. heesh - but none have stuck.

Example -
The word they is an epicene pronoun because it can refer back to groups of either males or females.

Etymology -
The word epicene derives from the Latin epicoenus, common (from the Greek epi, on + koinos, common).



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