- designating or pertaining to a plant or its reproductive structure that produces or contains elements requiring fertilization.
- (of seed plants) pistillate.
- fem lib,
- female chauvinist,
- female circumcision,
- female condom,
- female impersonator,
- female rhyme
Origin of female
Examples from the Web for femaleness
To be sure, he remains one of our most unabashedly heterosexual writers, reveling in the taste of femaleness.
She has bartered away for femaleness the possibility of ever receiving a double dose of this factor.
Her problem is to get the factor on which the quality depends into an ovum that carries also the factor for femaleness.
Without Maleness, Femaleness has no significance—no existence, in fact.Feminism and Sex-Extinction|Arabella Kenealy
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.