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female

FE'MALE, n. [L. femella. See Feminine.]

1. Among animals, one of that sex which conceives and brings forth young.

2. Among plants, that which produces fruit; that which bears the pistil and receives the pollen of the male flowers.

FE'MALE, a.

1. Noting the sex which produces young; not male; as a female bee.

2. Pertaining to females; as a female hand or heart; female tenderness.

To the generous decision of a female mind, we owe the discovery of America.

3. Feminine; soft; delicate; weak.

Female rhymes, double rhymes, so called from the French, in which language they end in e feminine.



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FE'MALE, n. [L. femella. See Feminine.]

1. Among animals, one of that sex which conceives and brings forth young.

2. Among plants, that which produces fruit; that which bears the pistil and receives the pollen of the male flowers.

FE'MALE, a.

1. Noting the sex which produces young; not male; as a female bee.

2. Pertaining to females; as a female hand or heart; female tenderness.

To the generous decision of a female mind, we owe the discovery of America.

3. Feminine; soft; delicate; weak.

Female rhymes, double rhymes, so called from the French, in which language they end in e feminine.

FE'MALE, a.

  1. Noting the sex which produces young; not male; as, a female bee.
  2. Pertaining to females; as, a female hand or heart; female tenderness. To the generous decision of female mind, we owe the discovery of America. Belknap.
  3. Feminine; soft; delicate; weak. Female rhymes, double rhymes, so called from the French, in which language they end in e feminine.

FE'MALE, n. [Fr. femelle; L. femella; Arm. femell; Fr. femme, woman; San. vama, vamani, a woman. See Feminine.]

  1. Among animals, one of that sex which conceives and brings forth young.
  2. Among plants, that which produces fruit; that which bears the pistil and receives the pollen of the male flowers.

Fe"male
  1. An individual of the sex which conceives and brings forth young, or (in a wider sense) which has an ovary and produces ova.

    The male and female of each living thing. Drayton.

  2. Belonging to the sex which conceives and gives birth to young, or (in a wider sense) which produces ova; not male.

    As patient as the female dove
    When that her golden couplets are disclosed.
    Shak.

  3. A plant which produces only that kind of reproductive organs which are capable of developing into fruit after impregnation or fertilization; a pistillate plant.
  4. Belonging to an individual of the female sex; characteristic of woman; feminine; as, female tenderness.

    "Female usurpation.'b8 Milton.

    To the generous decision of a female mind, we owe the discovery of America. Belknap.

  5. Having pistils and no stamens; pistillate; or, in cryptogamous plants, capable of receiving fertilization.

    Female rhymes (Pros.), double rhymes, or rhymes (called in French feminine rhymes because they end in e weak, or feminine) in which two syllables, an accented and an unaccented one, correspond at the end of each line.

    * A rhyme, in which the final syllables only agree (strain, complain) is called a male rhyme; one in which the two final syllables of each verse agree, the last being short (motion, ocean), is called female. Brande *** C.

    -- Female screw, the spiral-threaded cavity into which another, or male, screw turns. Nicholson. -- Female fern (Bot.), a common species of fern with large decompound fronds (Asplenium Filixfæ]mina), growing in many countries; lady fern.

    * The names male fern and female fern were anciently given to two common ferns; but it is now understood that neither has any sexual character.

    Syn. -- Female, Feminine. We apply female to the sex or individual, as opposed to male; also, to the distinctive belongings of women; as, female dress, female form, female character, etc.; feminine, to things appropriate to, or affected by, women; as, feminine studies, employments, accomplishments, etc. "Female applies to sex rather than gender, and is a physiological rather than a grammatical term. Feminine applies to gender rather than sex, and is grammatical rather than physiological." Latham.

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Female

FE'MALE, noun [Latin femella. See Feminine.]

1. Among animals, one of that sex which conceives and brings forth young.

2. Among plants, that which produces fruit; that which bears the pistil and receives the pollen of the male flowers.

FE'MALE, adjective

1. Noting the sex which produces young; not male; as a female bee.

2. Pertaining to females; as a female hand or heart; female tenderness.

To the generous decision of a female mind, we owe the discovery of America.

3. Feminine; soft; delicate; weak.

Female rhymes, double rhymes, so called from the French, in which language they end in e feminine.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

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Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

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He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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