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English adjective: female

1. female being the sex (of plant or animal) that produces fertilizable gametes (ova) from which offspring develop

SamplesA female heir.
Female holly trees bear the berries.

Similaregg-producing, female, pistillate, young-bearing

See alsofeminine

Attributegender, sex, sexuality

Domain categorybiological science, biology

Antonymsmale, androgynous

2. female characteristic of or peculiar to a woman

SamplesFemale sensitiveness.
Female suffrage.




3. female for or pertaining to or composed of women or girls

SamplesThe female lead in the play.
A female chorus.


Antonymsmale, androgynous

English noun: female

1. female (animal) an animal that produces gametes (ova) that can be fertilized by male gametes (spermatozoa)

Broader (hypernym)animal, animate being, beast, brute, creature, fauna

Narrower (hyponym)dam, female mammal, filly, hen


2. female (person) a person who belongs to the sex that can have babies

Synonymsfemale person

Broader (hypernym)individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul

Narrower (hyponym)adult female, female child, female offspring, foster sister, foster-sister, girl, girl wonder, little girl, woman, woman

Part holonymfemale body

Antonymsmale person, male

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