su·​per·​male | \ ˌsü-pər-ˈmāl How to pronounce supermale (audio) \

Definition of supermale

1 : extremely male or masculine : supermasculine a supermale face … the enduring image of the gyms of the 1960s and '70s is of … supermale bodybuilder patrons.— Eric Chaline
2 : having more than one Y chromosome supermale asparagus plants a supermale catfish
3 of hermaphroditic fish : relating to or being a large, dominant, colorful male that has morphed from a female supermale parrotfish

Other Words from supermale

supermale noun, plural supermales
… some [salmon] offspring may get a Y from both mother and father and become so-called supermales. — J. Raloff

First Known Use of supermale

1894, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Supermale.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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