Fe"male (?), n. [OE. femel, femal, F. femelle, fr. L. femella, dim. of femina woman. See Feminine.]


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 plant.


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Fe"male, a.


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.


Belonging to an individual of the female sex; characteristic of woman; feminine; as, female tenderness.

"Female usurpation.'b8


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.


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