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female

adjective uk   us   /ˈfiː.meɪl/

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   us   /-nəs/

female

noun [C] uk   us   /ˈfiː.meɪl/
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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