What is female?

  • (noun): An animal that produces gametes (ova) that can be fertilized by male gametes (spermatozoa).
    See also — Additional definitions below


Female (♀) is the sex of an organism, or a part of an organism, which produces non-mobile ova (egg cells). Most female mammals, including human females, have two X chromosomes.

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Some articles on female:

... pistil of flowering plants or from the male cone to the female cone of coniferous plants ... When pollen lands on a compatible pistil or female cone (i.e ... and produces a pollen tube that transfers the sperm to the ovule (or female gametophyte) ...
Hawk - Reproduction
... The male and female will fly together up in the air in a circular motion ... Once the two get to a certain height, the male will dive toward the female and then they will raise back to the height again ... until finally the male latches onto the female and they begin to free-fall down to earth ...
Video Game Controversies - Demographics - Gender
... As of 2011, over 40% of players are female, according to the video game industry ... found that of the 33 games sampled, 41% do not feature female characters, 28% portrayed women as sex objects, 21% depicted violence against women, and 30% did not represent the female population at all ... opposed ("evil or as obstacles to the goal of the game"), and trivial ("females depicted in fairly non-significant roles") ...
... is the offspring of a male donkey and a female horse ... easier to obtain than a hinny (the offspring of a male horse and a female donkey) ... instance of a male mule siring offspring, female mules have on very rare occasion given birth to viable offspring ...

More definitions of "female":

  • (noun): A person who belongs to the sex that can have babies.
    Synonyms: female person
  • (adj): For or composed of women or girls.
    Example: "The female lead in the play"; "a female chorus"
  • (adj): Characteristic of or peculiar to a woman.
    Example: "Female sensitiveness"; "female suffrage"
    Synonyms: distaff
  • (adj): Being the sex (of plant or animal) that produces fertilizable gametes (ova) from which offspring develop.
    Example: "A female heir"; "female holly trees bear the berries"

Famous quotes containing the word female:

    There is no female Mozart because there is no female Jack the Ripper.
    Camille Paglia (b. 1947)

    Of all the riddles of a married life, said my father ... there is not one that has more intricacies in it than this—that from the very moment the mistress of the house is brought to [child]bed, every female in it ... becomes an inch taller for it....
    I think rather, replied my uncle Toby, that ‘tis we who sink an inch lower.
    Laurence Sterne (1713–1768)

    In man, the shedding of blood is always associated with injury, disease, or death. Only the female half of humanity was seen to have the magical ability to bleed profusely and still rise phoenix-like each month from the gore.
    Estelle R. Ramey (b. 1917)