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See also: [U+C6B0 HANGUL SYLLABLE U] and [U+2625 ANKH]
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U+2640, ♀

Miscellaneous Symbols



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  1. Female.
    • 1961 August 17, New Scientist, volume 11, number 248 (in English), Reed Business Information, ISSN 0262-4079, page 413:
      In his Mantissa Plantarum (1767) and Mantissa Plantarum altera (1771), [Linnaeus] regularly used ♂, and ☿ for male, female and hermaphrodite flowers respectively.
    • 1990, Charles S. Churcher, “Cranial Appendages of Giraffoidea”, George A. Bubenik, Anthony B. Bubenik, Horns, Pronghorns, and Antlers: Evolution, Morphology, Physiology, and Social Significance, New York: Springer-Verlag, →ISBN, chapter 1.5, page 183:
      Figure 2. Ossicones, secondary ossification, and sinuses of Giraffa: A Lateral aspect of skull showing courses of veins, areas of dense ossification (heavily stippled) and lesser secondary ossification (lightly stippled), and outlines of skull roofs of male (♂) and female () adults. (After Spinage 1968b.)
    • 2015 July 6, Andy Burns, “Re: C4 last leg”, in, Usenet[1] (in English):
      I was quite surprised that a few of my friends found the male ♂ (mars) and female (venus) symbols on toilets in pubs/bars confusing ...
    1. (botany, of a flower) Pistillate, carpellate.
  2. (astronomy) Venus.
  3. (alchemy) Copper dominated by Venus.


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