Definitions for: Female


[n] an animal that produces gametes (ova) that can be fertilized by male gametes (spermatozoa)
[n] a person who belongs to the sex that can have babies
[adj] (biology) 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"
[adj] for or composed of women or girls; "the female lead in the play"; "a female chorus"
[adj] characteristic of or peculiar to a woman; "female sensitiveness"; "female suffrage"



Webster (1913) Definition: Fe"male, n. [OE. femel, femal, F. femelle, fr. L.
femella, dim. of femina woman. See Feminine.]
1. 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. --Drayton.

2. (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.


Fe"male, a.
1. 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. --Shak.

2. Belonging to an individual of the female sex;
characteristic of woman; feminine; as, female tenderness.
``Female usurpation.'b8 --Milton.

To the generous decision of a female mind, we owe
the discovery of America. --Belknap.

3. (Bot.) Having pistils and no stamens; pistillate; or, in
cryptogamous plants, capable of receiving fertilization.

Synonyms: distaff, egg-producing(a), female person, pistillate, young-bearing(a)

Antonyms: androgynous, male, male, male, male person

See Also: adult female, animal, animate being, beast, brute, creature, dam, fauna, female body, female child, female offspring, feminine, foster-sister, girl, hen, human, individual, little girl, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul, woman

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