The two sexes (male and female) of the vermilion flycatcher.





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  • From Middle English sexe, from Old French sexe, from Latin sexus, from Proto-Italic *seksus, from Proto-Indo-European *séksus, from *sek-, thus meaning "section, division" (into male and female).
  • Usage for women influenced by Middle French sexe (attested in 1580). Usage for third and additional sexes calqued from French troisième sexe, referring to masculine women in 1817 and homosexuals in 1847. First used by Lord Byron and others in English in reference to Catholic clergy. Usage for sexual intercourse first attested in 1900 (in the writings of H.G. Wells).
  • From sect.

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