sex etymology

English word sex comes from Latin seco, and later Latin sexus (Division. Sex; gender.)

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Detailed word origin of sex

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
seco Latin (lat) (by extension) I wound, injure.. (figuratively) I hurt with my words.. (medicine) I operate, amputate, perform surgery.. I castrate.. I cleave, divide.. I cut, cut off.
sexus Latin (lat) Division. Sex; gender.
sexe Old French (fro)
sexe Middle English (enm)
sex English (eng) (chiefly, US, colloquial, intransitive) To have sex with.. (zoology, transitive) To determine the sex of an animal. (countable) A category into which sexually-reproducing organisms are divided on the basis of their reproductive roles in their species.. (countable) Another category, especially of humans and especially based on sexuality or gender roles.. (countable) The members of such a [...]

Words with the same origin as sex

Descendants of seco
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