|1.||of, relating to, or designating the sex producing gametes (ova) that can be fertilized by male gametes (spermatozoa)|
|2.||of, relating to, or characteristic of a woman: female charm|
|3.||for or composed of women or girls: female suffrage; a female choir|
|4.||(of reproductive organs such as the ovary and carpel) capable of producing female gametes|
|5.||(of gametes such as the ovum) capable of being fertilized by a male gamete in sexual reproduction|
|6.||(of flowers) lacking, or having nonfunctional, stamens|
|7.||having an internal cavity into which a projecting male counterpart can be fitted: a female thread|
|8.||a. a female animal or plant|
|b. derogatory a woman or girl|
|[C14: from earlier femelle (influenced by male), from Latin fēmella a young woman, from fēmina a woman]|
female fe·male (fē'māl')
Of, relating to, or denoting the sex that produces ova or bears young. n.
A member of the sex that produces ova or bears young.
A woman or girl.
|female (fē'māl') Pronunciation Key
Noun A female organism.