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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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Species and gendersCategories and varieties
describes plants that produce flowers that will later develop into fruitFlowers - general wordsFlowers and flowering plants

female adjective (CONNECTING PART)

specialized electronics describes a piece of equipment that has a hole or space into which another part can be fitted: a female plug/connector Mechanical engineering
femaleness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
Species and gendersCategories and varieties

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.Men and womenKinds of menKinds of women used to refer to a woman in a way that shows no respect: I suspect the doctor thought I was just another hysterical female.Men and womenKinds of menKinds of women
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