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female

adjective uk   /ˈfiː.meɪl/ us  

female adjective (SEX)

B1 belonging or relating to women, or the sex that can give birth to young or produce eggs: She was voted the best female vocalist. Female lions do not have manes.
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Female plants produce flowers that will later develop into fruit.
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female adjective (CONNECTING PART)

specialized electronics used to refer to a piece of equipment that has a hole or space into which another part can be fitted: a female plug/connector
femaleness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  

female

noun [C] uk   /ˈfiː.meɪl/ us  
B2 a female animal or person: The kitten was actually a female, not a male. Females (= women) represent 40 percent of the country's workforce. used to refer to a woman in a way that shows no respect: I suspect the doctor thought I was just another hysterical female.
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Translations of “female”
in Korean 암컷의…
in Arabic أُنْثى…
in French femelle…
in Turkish dişi…
in Italian di sesso femminile…
in Chinese (Traditional) 性別, 女性的, 婦女的…
in Russian женский, женского пола…
in Polish żeński, kobiecy…
in Spanish hembra…
in Portuguese feminino, fêmea…
in German weiblich…
in Catalan femella, femení…
in Japanese 女性の, 雌の…
in Chinese (Simplified) 性别, 女性的, 妇女的…
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