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Topic: BIOLOGY

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: masle, male, from Latin masculus; MASCULINE

male

1 adjective
     
male1 S3 W2
1 typical of or relating to men or boys [≠ female; ↪ masculine]:
a deep male voice
traditional male values
Motor-racing has largely been a male preserve. (=something that only men have been involved with)
2 a male person or animal cannot have babies or lay eggs [≠ female]:
adult male bears
Many women earn less than their male colleagues.
3HBP a male plant or flower cannot produce fruit [≠ female]
4 technicalDT a male plug has parts that stick out and that fit into a hole or socket [≠ female]
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