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virile

[vir-uh l or, esp. British, -ahyl]
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adjective
  1. of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or befitting a man; masculine; manly: virile strength.
  2. having or exhibiting masculine energy, forcefulness, or strength in a marked degree.
  3. characterized by a vigorous, masculine spirit: a virile literary style.
  4. of, relating to, or capable of procreation.
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Origin of virile

1480–90; < Latin virīlis manly, equivalent to vir man (akin to Old English wer man; see werewolf) + -īlis -ile
Related formsnon·vir·ile, adjectivesub·vir·ile, adjectiveul·tra·vir·ile, adjectiveun·vir·ile, adjective
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2. vigorous. See male.
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British Dictionary definitions for virile

virile

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or having the characteristics of an adult male
  2. (of a male) possessing high sexual drive and capacity for sexual intercourse
  3. of or capable of copulation or procreation
  4. strong, forceful, or vigorous
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Derived Formsvirility (vɪˈrɪlɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin

C15: from Latin virīlis manly, from vir a man; related to Old English wer man and probably to Latin vis strength
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Word Origin and History for virile

adj.

late 15c., from Old French viril, from Latin virilis "of a man, manly," from vir "a man, a hero," from PIE *uiHro "freeman" (cf. Sanskrit virah, Avestan vira-, Lithuanian vyras, Lithuanian vyras, Old Irish fer, Welsh gwr, Gothic wair, Old English wer "man"). Virile member for "penis" is recorded from 1540s.

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virile in Medicine

virile

(vîrəl, -īl′)
adj.
  1. Of, relating to, or having the characteristics of an adult male, especially the ability to perform sexually as a male.
  2. Having or showing masculine spirit, strength, vigor, or power.
  3. Sexually potent.
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