One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In the language of Oscar Wilde and his circle: a heterosexual man.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Max Beerbohm (1872–1956), caricaturist and writer. Humorous blend of classical Latin mulier woman and -erast, apparently coined by the writer Robert Ross: see quots. 1894 at main sense and 1897 at main sense.
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