Female

Definition of Female

Fe´male
n.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 plant.
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.
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.
(Pros.) double rhymes, or rhymes (called in French feminine rhymes because they end in e weak, or feminine) in which two syllables, an accented and an unaccented one, correspond at the end of each line.

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