|Republic of Maldives Also known as: the Maldive Islands a republic occupying an archipelago of 1087 coral islands in the Indian Ocean, southwest of Sri Lanka: came under British protection in 1887; became independent in 1965 and a republic in 1968; a member of the Commonwealth. The economy and infrastructure were severely damaged in the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004. Official language: Divehi. Official religion: (Sunni) Muslim. Currency: rufiyaa. Capital: Malé. Pop: 328 000 (2004 est). Area: 298 sq km (115 sq miles)|
|1.||of, relating to, or designating the sex producing gametes (spermatozoa) that can fertilize female gametes (ova)|
|2.||of, relating to, or characteristic of a man; masculine|
|3.||for or composed of men or boys: a male choir|
|4.||(of gametes) capable of fertilizing an egg cell in sexual reproduction|
|5.||(of reproductive organs, such as a testis or stamen) capable of producing male gametes|
|6.||(of flowers) bearing stamens but lacking a functional pistil|
|7.||electronics, mechanical engineering having a projecting part or parts that fit into a female counterpart: a male plug|
|8.||a male person, animal, or plant|
|[C14: via Old French from Latin masculus|
Of, relating to, or designating the sex that has organs to produce spermatozoa for fertilizing ova. n.
A member of the sex that begets young by fertilizing ova.
A man or boy.
|male (māl) Pronunciation Key
Noun A male organism.