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What Latin neither labels neithers?




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Answer: neuter

The word neuter - which means "neither" in Latin - labels that which is neither male nor female.

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The Latin word for either is utrum. (In Utrumque Paratus, ie "Prepared for either," is a poem by Matthew Arnold (1822-1888).)

The opposite is neutrum (not either = neither), whence the adjective neutral.

There are two genders in the Swedish language: utrum (words that were once masculine or feminine) and neutrum (a gender found in German, Latin and Greeek).
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