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fe·male

 (fē′māl′)
adj.
1.
a. Of or denoting the sex that produces ova or bears young.
b. Characteristic of or appropriate to this sex in humans and other animals: female hormones; female fashions.
c. Consisting of members of this sex. See Usage Note at lady.
2. Of or denoting the gamete that is larger and less motile than the other corresponding gamete. Used of anisogamous organisms.
3. Botany
a. Designating an organ, such as a pistil or ovary, that functions in producing seeds after fertilization.
b. Bearing pistils but not stamens; pistillate: female flowers.
4. Designed to receive or fit around a complementary male part, as a slot or receptacle: the female end of an extension cord.
n.
1. A female organism.
2. A woman or girl.

[Middle English, alteration (influenced by male, male) of femelle, from Old French, from Latin fēmella, diminutive of fēmina, woman; see dhē(i)- in Indo-European roots.]

fe′male′ness n.

female

(ˈfiːmeɪl)
adj
1. (Zoology) of, relating to, or designating the sex producing gametes (ova) that can be fertilized by male gametes (spermatozoa)
2. of, relating to, or characteristic of a woman: female charm.
3. for or composed of women or girls: female suffrage; a female choir.
4. (Biology) (of reproductive organs such as the ovary and carpel) capable of producing female gametes
5. (Biology) (of gametes such as the ovum) capable of being fertilized by a male gamete in sexual reproduction
6. (Botany) (of flowers) lacking, or having nonfunctional, stamens
7. (Mechanical Engineering) having an internal cavity into which a projecting male counterpart can be fitted: a female thread.
n
a. a female animal or plant
b. derogatory a woman or girl
[C14: from earlier femelle (influenced by male), from Latin fēmella a young woman, from fēmina a woman]
ˈfemaleness n

fe•male

(ˈfi meɪl)

n.
1. a person of the sex whose cell nuclei contain two Xchromosomes and who is normally able to conceive and bear young; a girl or woman.
2. any organism of the sex or sexual phase that normally produces egg cells.
3. a plant having a pistil or pistils.
adj.
4. of, pertaining to, or being a female: female organs; a female mammal.
5. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a girl or woman; feminine: female wisdom.
6. composed of females: a female readership.
7.
a. designating or pertaining to a plant or the reproductive structure of a plant that produces or contains elements capable of being fertilized.
b. (of seed plants) pistillate.
8. being or having a recessed part into which a corresponding part fits: a female plug. Compare male (def. 8).
[1275–1325; Middle English, variant (by association with male) of femelle < Anglo-French, Old French femel(l)e < Latin fēmella, diminutive of fēmina woman (see -elle)]
fe′male•ness, n.
syn: female, feminine, effeminate describe women and girls or whatever is culturally attributed to them. female classifies individuals on the basis of their genetic makeup or their ability to produce offspring in sexual reproduction. It contrasts with male in all uses: her oldest female relative; the female parts of the flower. feminine refers to qualities and behavior deemed especially appropriate to or ideally associated with women and girls. In American and Western European culture, these have traditionally included such features as charm, gentleness, and patience: to dance with feminine grace; a feminine sensitivity to moods. feminine is sometimes used of physical features too: small, feminine hands. effeminate is most often applied derogatorily to men or boys, suggesting that they have traits culturally regarded as appropriate to women and girls rather than to men: an effeminate speaking style. See also woman, womanly.

fe·male

(fē′māl′)
Adjective
1. Zoology
a. Relating to a female reproductive cell (an egg or ovum).
b. Being the sex that gives birth or produces offspring.
2. Botany
a. Being a reproductive structure, especially a pistil or ovary, that produces a seed or seeds after fertilization.
b. Bearing a pistil or pistils but not stamens: female flowers.
Noun
A female organism.

female

feminine
1. 'female'

Female means 'relating to the sex that can have babies'. You can use female as an adjective to talk about either people or animals.

There has been a rise in the number of female employees.
A female toad may lay 20,000 eggs each season.

You can also use female as a noun to talk about animals.

The male fertilizes the female's eggs.
He saw a family of lions – a big male, a beautiful female, and two cubs.

In scientific contexts, female is sometimes used as a noun to refer to women or girls.

The condition affects both males and females.

People sometimes use female to talk about young women, in order to avoid using 'woman' or 'girl'.

He asked if a white female of a certain age had checked into the hotel.
2. 'feminine'

Feminine means 'typical of women, rather than men'.

The bedroom has a light, feminine look.
She is a calm, reasonable and deeply feminine woman.

Don't use 'feminine' to talk about animals.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.female - an animal that produces gametes (ova) that can be fertilized by male gametes (spermatozoa)female - an animal that produces gametes (ova) that can be fertilized by male gametes (spermatozoa)
animal, animate being, beast, creature, fauna, brute - a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
hen - female of certain aquatic animals e.g. octopus or lobster
dam - female parent of an animal especially domestic livestock
female mammal - animals that nourish their young with milk
filly - a young female horse under the age of four
male - an animal that produces gametes (spermatozoa) that can fertilize female gametes (ova)
2.female - a person who belongs to the sex that can have babiesfemale - a person who belongs to the sex that can have babies
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
female body - the body of a female human being
female offspring - a child who is female
female child, little girl, girl - a youthful female person; "the baby was a girl"; "the girls were just learning to ride a tricycle"
foster sister, foster-sister - your foster sister is a female who is not a daughter of your parents but who is raised by your parents
girl wonder - an extremely talented young female person
adult female, woman - an adult female person (as opposed to a man); "the woman kept house while the man hunted"
woman - a female person who plays a significant role (wife or mistress or girlfriend) in the life of a particular man; "he was faithful to his woman"
male person, male - a person who belongs to the sex that cannot have babies
Adj.1.female - 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"
biological science, biology - the science that studies living organisms
feminine - associated with women and not with men; "feminine intuition"
androgynous - having both male and female characteristics
male - being the sex (of plant or animal) that produces gametes (spermatozoa) that perform the fertilizing function in generation; "a male infant"; "a male holly tree"
2.female - characteristic of or peculiar to a woman; "female sensitiveness"; "female suffrage"
feminine - associated with women and not with men; "feminine intuition"
3.female - for or pertaining to or composed of women or girls; "the female lead in the play"; "a female chorus"
female - 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"

female

noun
1. woman, girl, lady, lass, sheila (Austral. & N.Z. slang) The average young female is stylish and confident.
adjective
1. womanlike, woman, woman, lady Their aim is equal numbers of male and female MPs.
Quotations
"The female of the species is more deadly than the male" [Rudyard Kipling The Female of the Species]

female

adjective
Of, relating to, or characteristic of women:
Translations
إناثأُنْثىمُؤَنَّثمُنْتِج للحُبوب
женскаженски
ženaženskýsamicesamičísamičí rostlina
kvindekvindelighun-hunplante
inaino
naispuolinennainen
ženkaženski
bibésnőstény
betinaperempuanwanita
kvendÿr; konakvenkynsblóm
女性女性の
암형여성여성의
femina
moteriškasis augalaspatelė
mātītesieviešu-sievietesievišķais
samičísamičia rastlina
samicasamičji
kvinnakvinnlig
เกี่ยวกับสตรีเพศหญิง
nữphụ nữ

female

[ˈfiːmeɪl]
A. ADJ
1. [animal, plant] → hembra
the female hippopotamusel hipopótamo hembra
2. [population] → femenino; [vote] → de las mujeres; [slave, subject] → del sexo femenino
a female frienduna amiga
female labourtrabajo m femenino or de mujeres
the female sexel sexo femenino
a female studentuna estudiante
female suffragederecho m de las mujeres a votar
a female voiceuna voz de mujer
B. N
1. (= animal) → hembra f
2. (pej) (= woman) → chica f
C. CPD female condom Ncondón m femenino
female impersonator N (Theat) actor que representa a una mujer

female

[ˈfiːmeɪl]
n
(= animal) → femelle f
(= woman) → femme f
adj
[animal] → femelle
a female animal → un animal femelle
[sex, character] → féminin(e)
the female sex → le sexe féminin
[person, child] → du sexe féminin
to be female → être du sexe féminin
female friend → amie f
female employee → employée f
male and female students → étudiants et étudiantes
female member → femme membre
(= women's) [vote] → des femmes; [wages, values] → féminin(e)
(= for women) [toilet] → pour femmes; [underwear] → féminin(e)
(= in women) → féminin(e)female impersonator ntravesti m

female

adj
weiblich; labour, rightsFrauen-; a female doctor/student/dogeine Ärztin/Studentin/Hündin; female bearBärenweibchen nt; a female companioneine Gesellschafterin; a female football teameine Damenfußballmannschaft; a typical female attitudetypisch Frau
(Tech) connector, plugweiblich, Innen-; female screw(Schrauben)mutter f, → Mutterschraube f; female threadMutter- or Innengewinde nt
n
(= animal)Weibchen nt
(inf: = woman) → Frau f; (pej)Weib nt (pej), → Weibsbild nt (pej inf); a typical femaleeine typische Frau; to eye up all the femalesdie Frauen or Miezen (inf)beäugen

female

:
female condom
nFemidom® nt, → Kondom ntfür die Frau
female impersonator
nDamen-Imitator m

female

[ˈfiːmeɪl]
1. adj (animal, plant) (Elec) → femmina inv; (subject, member, worker) → di sesso femminile; (company, vote) → di donne; (sex, quality, character) → femminile
female labour → manodopera femminile
female student/worker → studentessa/operaia
male and female students → studenti e studentesse
2. n (animal, woman) (pej) → femmina

female

(ˈfiːmeil) noun, adjective
1. (a person, animal etc) of the sex that gives birth to children, produces eggs etc. a female blackbird; the female of the species.
2. (a plant) that produces seeds.

female

مُؤَنَّث žena, ženský kvinde, kvindelig Frau, weiblich γυναίκα, θηλυκός femenino, hembra nainen, naispuolinen féminin ženka, ženski femmina, femminile 女性, 女性の 여성, 여성의 vrouw, vrouwelijk kvinne, kvinnelig kobieta, żeński fêmea, feminino женский, особь женского пола kvinna, kvinnlig เกี่ยวกับสตรี, เพศหญิง kadın nữ, phụ nữ 女性, 女性的

fe·male

n. hembra;
a. femenino-a, rel. a la mujer;
___ cathetercatéter para mujer;
___ circumcisioncircuncisión de la mujer;
___ pseudohermaphrotidismpseudohermafrotidismo femenino.

female

adj femenino; n mujer f, niña, chica
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I merely wish to say, that as a slight token of my gratitude for the honor done me, and as a means of promoting friendly relations between adjoining nations, I have set up a post office in the hedge in the lower corner of the garden, a fine, spacious building with padlocks on the doors and every convenience for the mails, also the females, if I may be allowed the expression.
At this spot were gathered some half dozen horses, caparisoned in a manner which showed that two, at least, were destined to bear the persons of females, of a rank that it was not usual to meet so far in the wilds of the country.
They generally are of two sorts; those composed almost entirely of females, and those mustering none but young vigorous males, or bulls, as they are familiarly designated.
But, in a corner, sitting apart from the rest, are two females of a more interesting appearance than common.
The less worthy females were to come in the evening, with Miss Bates, Miss Fairfax, and Miss Smith; but already, at dinner, they were too numerous for any subject of conversation to be general; and, while politics and Mr.
In showing kindness to his cousins therefore he had the real satisfaction of a good heart; and in settling a family of females only in his cottage, he had all the satisfaction of a sportsman; for a sportsman, though he esteems only those of his sex who are sportsmen likewise, is not often desirous of encouraging their taste by admitting them to a residence within his own manor.
It opened into the house, where the females were already astir; Zillah urging flakes of flame up the chimney with a colossal bellows; and Mrs.
A dream of their coming in with Dora; of the pew-opener arranging us, like a drill-sergeant, before the altar rails; of my wondering, even then, why pew-openers must always be the most disagreeable females procurable, and whether there is any religious dread of a disastrous infection of good-humour which renders it indispensable to set those vessels of vinegar upon the road to Heaven.
Thus the young ladies are as much ashamed of being cowards and fools as the men, and despise all personal ornaments, beyond decency and cleanliness: neither did I perceive any difference in their education made by their difference of sex, only that the exercises of the females were not altogether so robust; and that some rules were given them relating to domestic life, and a smaller compass of learning was enjoined them: for their maxim is, that among peoples of quality, a wife should be always a reasonable and agreeable companion, because she cannot always be young.
On the weak and aged, and especially on delicate Females, the force of attraction tells much more heavily than on the robust of the Male Sex, so that it is a point of breeding, if you meet a Lady in the street, always to give her the North side of the way -- by no means an easy thing to do always at short notice when you are in rude health and in a climate where it is difficult to tell your North from your South.
The adult females ranged in height from ten to twelve feet.
The females were less numerous than the males, and liable to much furtive persecution in spite of the monogamy the Law enjoined.