In English usage, a generic term for human beings in general but also for a male representative of the human species. Because of this ambiguity, modern translations tend to prefer ‘human being’ or ‘mortal’ where a male person is not specifically intended. This avoids the danger of linguistic sexism which has been discerned in a bias towards the masculine gender. Hence ‘Let us make humankind in our image’ (Gen. 1: 26, NRSV; ‘human beings’, REB; but ‘man’, NJB).