- designating or pertaining to a plant or its reproductive structure that produces or contains elements requiring fertilization.
- (of seed plants) pistillate.
Origin of female
Examples from the Web for female
While 19 percent of the House is female, just one woman will get to chair one of its 20 committees.
“Jeffrey wanted me to tell you that you looked so pretty,” the female voice said into my disbelieving ear.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003|Vicky Ward|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
An escort who goes by the name of “Tommy” has experienced a wide variety of female clients.Career-Minded Women Turn to Male Escorts For No-Strings Fun and (Maybe) Sex|Aurora Snow|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Are the standards for female beauty in Hollywood ridiculous?Renée Zellweger Got a New Face—and Everyone Had An Opinion About It|Kevin O’Keeffe|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A male and female who do most of the mating dominate packs, and younger subordinates only breed occasionally.Mongooses, Meerkats, and Ants, Oh My! Why Some Animals Keep Mating All in the Family|Helen Thompson|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This boat, which floats upon the surface of the water until the larv are disclosed, is placed there by the female gnat.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. III (of 4)|William Kirby
Mantuamakers and milliners came, in their turn, to fit out the female members of the family.Peter Parley's Own Story|Samuel G. Goodrich
He knew the power of constant attention, and the display of ardent passion, to win the female heart.Tales And Novels, Volume 7 (of 10)|Maria Edgeworth
In this state the female is still well clothed, and little or no difference can be seen in the plumage unless examined.Audubon and his Journals, Volume I (of 2)|Maria R. Audubon
In early manhood he presented a contrast to his companions because he felt no attraction to the female sex.History of the Jews, Vol. V (of 6)|Heinrich Graetz
British Dictionary definitions for female
- a female animal or plant
- derogatory a woman or girl
Word Origin for female
Word Origin and History for female
early 14c., from Old French femelle (12c.) "woman, female," from Medieval Latin femella "a female," from Latin femella "young female, girl," diminutive of femina "woman" (see feminine).
Sense extended in Vulgar Latin from humans to female of other animals. Spelling altered late 14c. on mistaken parallel of male. As an adjective, from early 14c. Reference to sockets, etc., is from 1660s.