- designating or pertaining to a plant or its reproductive structure producing or containing microspores.
- (of seed plants) staminate.
- male alto,
- male chauvinism,
- male chauvinist,
- male chauvinist pig,
- male cow
Origin of male
Examples from the Web for maleness
Goldschmidt watched the crosses which produced seven different grades of maleness in his females.
His manhood, or rather his maleness, rose powerfully in him, in a sort of mastery.Aaron's Rod|D. H. Lawrence
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."
Because of their humanness has come all the noble growth of civilization, in spite of their maleness.Our Androcentric Culture, or The Man Made World|Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Word Origin for male
late 14c., from Old French male, masle "male, masculine; a male" (see male (n.)). Mechanical sense of "part of an instrument that penetrates another part" is from 1660s.
late 14c., "male human being; male fish or land animal," from Old French masle (adj.) "masculine, male, adult," also used as a noun (12c., Modern French mâle), from Latin masculus "masculine, male, worthy of a man" (cf. Provençal mascle, Spanish macho, Italian maschio), diminutive of mas (genitive maris) "male person or animal, male."