I. adjective Date: 14th century 1. a. (1) of, relating to, or being the sex that bears young or produces eggs (2) pistillate b. (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.


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