One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Of or relating to pseudosex; specifically relating to or designating activity regarded as a substitute for or displacement of actual or ‘normal’ sexual behaviour and sometimes having non-sexual motivation (as the fear of aggression, desire for dominance, etc.).
2Biology. Designating or relating to a process or phenomenon which resembles, but is distinct from, one involved in sexual reproduction; especially designating or relating to the parthogenetic production by certain crustaceans of eggs resembling those of the sexual phase.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Mind. From pseudo- + sexual.
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