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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 fe·male /ˈfiˌmel/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 fe·male /ˈfɪˌmel/ 名詞

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Fe·male n.
 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)

 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.”
    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.
 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.
 Note: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.
 -- 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 Filixfæmina), growing in many countries; lady fern.
 Note: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.
 Usage: 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.”

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: 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]