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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Female  \Fe"male\,  n.  [OE.  femel,  femal,  F.  femelle,  fr  L. 
  femella  dim.  of  femina  woman.  See  {Feminine}.] 
  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.  (Bot.)  A  plant  which  produces  only  that  kind  of 
  reproductive  organs  which  are  capable  of  developing  into 
  fruit  after  impregnation  or  fertilization;  a  pistillate 
  plant. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Female  \Fe"male\,  a. 
  1.  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. 
 
  2.  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. 
 
  3.  (Bot.)  Having  pistils  and  no  stamens;  pistillate;  or  in 
  cryptogamous  plants,  capable  of  receiving  fertilization. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  female 
  adj  1:  (biology)  being  the  sex  (of  plant  or  animal)  that  produces 
  fertilizable  gametes  (ova)  from  which  offspring 
  develop;  "a  female  heir";  "female  holly  trees  bear  the 
  berries"  [ant:  {androgynous},  {male}] 
  2:  characteristic  of  or  peculiar  to  a  woman;  "female 
  sensitiveness";  "female  suffrage"  [syn:  {distaff}] 
  3:  for  or  composed  of  women  or  girls;  "the  female  lead  in  the 
  play";  "a  female  chorus" 
  n  1:  an  animal  that  produces  gametes  (ova)  that  can  be  fertilized 
  by  male  gametes  (spermatozoa)  [ant:  {male}] 
  2:  a  person  who  belongs  to  the  sex  that  can  have  babies  [syn:  {female 
  person}]  [ant:  {male}] 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  FEMALE,  n.  One  of  the  opposing,  or  unfair,  sex. 
 
  The  Maker,  at  Creation's  birth, 
  With  living  things  had  stocked  the  earth. 
  From  elephants  to  bats  and  snails, 
  They  all  were  good,  for  all  were  males. 
  But  when  the  Devil  came  and  saw 
  He  said:  "By  Thine  eternal  law 
  Of  growth,  maturity,  decay, 
  These  all  must  quickly  pass  away 
  And  leave  untenanted  the  earth 
  Unless  Thou  dost  establish  birth"  -- 
  Then  tucked  his  head  beneath  his  wing 
  To  laugh  --  he  had  no  sleeve  --  the  thing 
  With  deviltry  did  so  accord, 
  That  he'd  suggested  to  the  Lord. 
  The  Master  pondered  this  advice, 
  Then  shook  and  threw  the  fateful  dice 
  Wherewith  all  matters  here  below 
  Are  ordered  and  observed  the  throw; 
  Then  bent  His  head  in  awful  state, 
  Confirming  the  decree  of  Fate. 
  From  every  part  of  earth  anew 
  The  conscious  dust  consenting  flew, 
  While  rivers  from  their  courses  rolled 
  To  make  it  plastic  for  the  mould. 
  Enough  collected  (but  no  more 
  For  niggard  Nature  hoards  her  store) 
  He  kneaded  it  to  flexible  clay, 
  While  Nick  unseen  threw  some  away 
  And  then  the  various  forms  He  cast, 
  Gross  organs  first  and  finer  last 
  No  one  at  once  evolved,  but  all 
  By  even  touches  grew  and  small 
  Degrees  advanced,  till,  shade  by  shade, 
  To  match  all  living  things  He'd  made 
  Females,  complete  in  all  their  parts 
  Except  (His  clay  gave  out)  the  hearts. 
  "No  matter,"  Satan  cried;  "with  speed 
  I'll  fetch  the  very  hearts  they  need"  -- 
  So  flew  away  and  soon  brought  back 
  The  number  needed,  in  a  sack. 
  That  night  earth  range  with  sounds  of  strife  -- 
  Ten  million  males  each  had  a  wife; 
  That  night  sweet  Peace  her  pinions  spread 
  O'er  Hell  --  ten  million  devils  dead! 
  G.J. 
 
 




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