an animal that produces gametes (ova) that can be fertilized by male gametes (spermatozoa)
female, female person(adj)
a person who belongs to the sex that can have babies
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"
characteristic of or peculiar to a woman
"female sensitiveness"; "female suffrage"
for or pertaining to or composed of women or girls
"the female lead in the play"; "a female chorus"
Someone or something of feminine sex or gender.
Belonging or referring to the sex which is generally characterized as the one associated with the larger gametes (for species which have two sexes and for which this distinction can be made), which in humans and many other species is the sex which produces eggs.
Having an internal socket, as in a connector or pipe fitting.
Origin: From femele, from femella, from femella, diminutive of femina. The English spelling was remodelled under the influence of male, which is not etymologically related. Compare man and woman.
an individual of the sex which conceives and brings forth young, or (in a wider sense) which has an ovary and produces ova
a plant which produces only that kind of reproductive organs which are capable of developing into fruit after impregnation or fertilization; a pistillate plant
belonging to the sex which conceives and gives birth to young, or (in a wider sense) which produces ova; not male
belonging to an individual of the female sex; characteristic of woman; feminine; as, female tenderness
having pistils and no stamens; pistillate; or, in cryptogamous plants, capable of receiving fertilization
Origin: [OE. femel, femal, F. femelle, fr. L. femella, dim. of femina woman. See Feminine.]
Female is the sex of an organism, or a part of an organism, which produces non-mobile ova. Most female mammals, including female humans, have two X chromosomes.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
fē′māl, adj. of the sex that produces young: pertaining to females: (bot.) having a pistil or fruit-bearing organ.—n. one of the female sex, a woman.—ns. Femal′ity, Feminal′ity, the female nature.—adj. Fem′inal.—n. Feminē′ity, the quality of being female.—adj. Fem′inine, pertaining to women: tender: womanly: (gram.) the gender denoting females.—adv. Fem′ininely.—ns. Fem′inineness; Feminin′ity, the nature of the female sex.—Female screw, a screw cut upon the inward surface of a cylindrical hole in wood or metal; Feminine rhyme, a rhyme between words that terminate each in an unaccented syllable. [Fr. femelle—L. femella, dim. of femina, a woman.]
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'female' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1690
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'female' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3409
Rank popularity for the word 'female' in Nouns Frequency: #1094
Rank popularity for the word 'female' in Adjectives Frequency: #220
The numerical value of female in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of female in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The female of the species is more deadly than the male.
To conclude that women are unfitted to the task of our historic society seems to me the equivalent of closing male eyes to female facts.
Male and female represent the two sides of the great radical dualism. But in fact they are perpetually passing into one another. Fluid hardens to solid, solid rushes to fluid. There is no wholly masculine man, no purely feminine woman.
Why is a female right in the center of these two groups battling it out? this is something we've never seen in a female profile before. For ISIS to give her permission to be on those front lines, it would have to come from a high-up source.
It would be ridiculous to talk of male and female atmospheres, male and female springs or rains, male and female sunshine....How much more ridiculous is it in relation to mind, to soul, to thought, where there is as undeniably no such thing as sex...
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