Date: 14th century
(1) of, relating to, or being the sex that bears young or produces eggs
(1) composed of members of the female sex <the female population> (2) characteristic of girls or women <composed for female voices> <a female name> 2. having some quality (as gentleness) associated with the female sex 3. designed with a hollow or groove into which a corresponding male part fits <the female coupling of a hose> • femaleness noun II. noun Etymology: Middle English, alteration of femel, femelle, from Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French femele, from Medieval Latin femella, from Latin, girl, diminutive of femina Date: 14th century 1. a. a female person ; a woman or a girl b. an individual that bears young or produces large usually immobile gametes (as eggs) that are fertilized by small usually motile gametes of a male 2. a pistillate plant
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.