femelle

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin femella.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /fə.mɛl/
  • (file)

Adjective[edit]

femelle (plural femelles)

  1. female

Noun[edit]

femelle f (plural femelles)

  1. female (of a species)
  2. (Louisiana, Cajun French) woman, girl
  3. (Louisiana, Cajun French) wife

Usage notes[edit]

  • femelle used for humans is considered pejorative in Standard French. The standard term is féminin for the adjective, femme for the noun.

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Middle French[edit]

Adjective[edit]

femelle m, f (plural femelles)

  1. female

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