- designating or pertaining to a plant or its reproductive structure that produces or contains elements requiring fertilization.
- (of seed plants) pistillate.
Origin of female
Synonyms for female
Examples from the Web for femaleness
Contemporary Examples of femaleness
To be sure, he remains one of our most unabashedly heterosexual writers, reveling in the taste of femaleness.John Updike's Final Chapter
January 29, 2009
Historical Examples of femaleness
For she knew that she had always her price of ransom—her femaleness.The Rainbow
D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Without Maleness, Femaleness has no significance—no existence, in fact.Feminism and Sex-Extinction
In the many books about women it is, naturally, their femaleness that has been studied and enlarged upon.Our Androcentric Culture, or The Man Made World
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Sex—that is to say, maleness and femaleness—is present from the moment of birth, and in every act or deed of every child.Fantasia of the Unconscious
D. H. Lawrence
Biologists now generally prefer to say that a fertilized egg is "predisposed" to maleness or femaleness, instead of "determined."Taboo and Genetics
Melvin Moses Knight, Iva Lowther Peters, and Phyllis Mary Blanchard
- a female animal or plant
- derogatorya woman or girl
Word Origin 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.