Hypertext Webster Gateway: "female"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Female \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

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Female \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.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: (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" [ant: {androgynous}, {male}]
2: characteristic of or peculiar to a woman; "female
sensitiveness"; "female suffrage" [syn: {distaff}]
3: for or composed of women or girls; "the female lead in the
play"; "a female chorus"
n 1: an animal that produces gametes (ova) that can be fertilized
by male gametes (spermatozoa) [ant: {male}]
2: a person who belongs to the sex that can have babies [syn: {female
person}] [ant: {male}]

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