- designating or pertaining to a plant or its reproductive structure that produces or contains elements requiring fertilization.
- (of seed plants) pistillate.
Words nearby female
Origin of female
SYNONYMS FOR female
OTHER WORDS FROM femalefe·male·ness, nounan·ti·fe·male, adjectiveun·fe·male, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH femalefemale feminine (see synonym study at the current entry)
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
British Dictionary definitions for femaleness
- a female animal or plant
- derogatory a woman or girl