female Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun an animal that produces gametes (ova) that can be fertilized by male gametes (spermatozoa)
noun a person who belongs to the sex that can have babies
adjective being the sex (of plant or animal) that produces fertilizable gametes (ova) from which offspring develop
- a female heir
- female holly trees bear the berries
adjective satellite characteristic of or peculiar to a woman
- female sensitiveness
- female suffrage
adjective satellite for or pertaining to or composed of women or girls
- the female lead in the play
- a female chorus
, F. femelle
, fr. L. femella
, dim. of femina
woman. See Feminine
- An individual of the sex which conceives and brings forth young, or (in a wider sense) which has an ovary and produces ova.
The male and female of each living thing.
- (Bot.) A plant which produces only that kind of reproductive organs which are capable of developing into fruit after impregnation or fertilization; a pistillate plant.
- Belonging to the sex which conceives and gives birth to young, or (in a wider sense) which produces ova; not male.
As patient as the female dove
When that her golden couplets are disclosed.
- Belonging to an individual of the female sex; characteristic of woman; feminine; as, female tenderness. "Female usurpation.'b8
To the generous decision of a female mind, we owe the discovery of America.
- (Bot.) Having pistils and no stamens; pistillate; or, in cryptogamous plants, capable of receiving fertilization.
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