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female

1. of, relating to, or designating the sex producing gametes (ova) that can be fertilized by male gametes (spermatozoa)
2. (of reproductive organs such as the ovary and carpel) capable of producing female gametes
3. (of gametes such as the ovum) capable of being fertilized by a male gamete in sexual reproduction
4. (of flowers) lacking, or having nonfunctional, stamens
5. Engineering having an internal cavity into which a projecting male counterpart can be fitted

female

[′fē‚māl]
(botany)
A flower lacking stamens.
(zoology)
An individual that bears young or produces eggs.
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Chapter 2 focuses on women who perform male-style dance, though who never convincingly pass as men as their femaleness always 'peeks through', and the associated cultural ambivalence regarding female power.
Here, too, the "riddle" is the contradiction of femaleness as "open secret," a perplexingly contrary form of self and social governance which makes it seem, to the weeping, desperately-confused girl, that the "prospect of dying young seemed better now" (23).
The strengths of DeFranza's work lie in revealing the problem of defining the image of God in terms of maleness and femaleness while also deconstructing theologies that do not address this problem.
Exogenous application of foliar-applied ethylene-releasing chemicals (ethephon/ ethrel) (2-chloroethanephosphonic acid) has been shown to increase fruit yield by inducing femaleness and morphology of cucumber (Hong-yan, 2007; Bin-bin et al.
The reality of our femaleness is that our bodies are in constant flux just because they are female bodies.
DISCUSSION: Present study shows that androgyny score is a reliable measure of relative maleness and femaleness of a body build and thus can be used to determine the degree of masculinity in females or femininity in males, which is in accordance with previous studies by Rey JH and Coppen AJ.
The second trope relies on a "war of the sexes" model to describe sex chromosomes, while in the third, X and Y are framed as "symbols of maleness and femaleness with which individuals are expected to identify and in which they might take pride.
He brought back to life a little girl who by very reason of her femaleness was considered worthless in that society--and in many societies now, and in all of them to some extent.
In the second part, she looks at debilitating heterosexual relationships in Edna O'Brien's Country Girls trilogy (for how Irish Catholic ideologies represent femaleness in self-destruction), and how Doris Lessing's The Golden Notebook juxtaposes the main character's aspirations as a novelist against the Communist Party's prohibition of bourgeois values.
Emphasising femaleness with a feminine title may lower the evaluation of women in a professional context," she added.
Although femaleness is by no means consistently enfranchised outside of Feminism, it is far easier to find a space within Feminism if one roughly fits a general conception of what a woman is.
The baby would root against me, and I would have to hand her away This, to me, basic ability, basic femaleness of mothering, was gone.