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Meaning of FEMALE

Pronunciation:  'feemeyl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an animal that produces gametes (ova) that can be fertilized by male gametes (spermatozoa)
  2. [n]  a person who belongs to the sex that can have babies
  3. [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"
  4. [adj]  for or composed of women or girls; "the female lead in the play"; "a female chorus"
  5. [adj]  characteristic of or peculiar to a woman; "female sensitiveness"; "female suffrage"

FEMALE is a 6 letter word that starts with F.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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
  2. \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.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: distaff, female being, feminine, gentlewomanlike, girlish, gynecic, gynecoid, gynic, her, kittenish, ladylike, little-girlish, maidenly, matronal, matronlike, matronly, muliebral, petticoat, she, womanish, womanlike, womanly