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: of, relating to, or being the sex that typically has the capacity to bear young or produce eggs
- In a field of milkweed, I watched a female monarch butterfly deposit a single egg on the underside of a leaf.
- —Tom Tyning
- A few months later, she became the highest paid female performer on the Great White Way.
- —Susannah McCorkle
: having or producing only pistils or pistillate flowers
: made up of usually adult members of the female sex : consisting of females
: characteristic of girls, women, or the female sex : exhibiting femaleness
- composed for female voices
: designed for or typically used by girls or women
: engaged in or exercised by girls or women
: having some quality (such as small size or delicacy of sound) associated with the female sex
: designed with a hollow or groove into which a corresponding male part fits
- the female coupling of a hose