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male  audio  (ml) KEY 

    1. Of, relating to, or designating the sex that has organs to produce spermatozoa for fertilizing ova.
    2. Characteristic of or appropriate to this sex; masculine.
    3. Consisting of members of this sex.
  1. Virile; manly.
  2. Botany
    1. Relating to or designating organs, such as anthers or antheridia, that produce gametes capable of fertilizing those produced by female organs.
    2. Bearing stamens but not pistils; staminate: male flowers.
  3. Designating an object, such as an electric plug, configured for insertion into a recessed part or socket.
  1. A member of the sex that begets young by fertilizing ova.
  2. A man or boy.
  3. Botany A plant having only staminate flowers.

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin masculus, diminutive of ms, male


male, masculine, manlike, manly, manful, virile, mannish

These adjectives mean of, relating to, or characteristic of men. Male categorizes any living thing by gender or sex: the male population; a male puppy; a male plant. Masculine refers to what is considered characteristic of men: a masculine voice. Manlike applies to qualities of a man (manlike fortitude) or resemblance to a human (manlike apes). Manly describes qualities regarded as becoming to a man: manly strength. Manful suggests bravery and resoluteness: a manful display of chivalry. Virile stresses the vigor, power, or sexual potency of an adult male: "The virile figure of Theodore Roosevelt swung down the national highway" (Edward Bok). Mannish usually applies to women or their traits, clothing, or actions when they seem masculine: a mannish suit.

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