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A common species of fern with large decompound fronds (Asplenium Filixfaemina), growing in many countries; lady fern.

The names male fern and female fern were anciently given to two common ferns; but it is now understood that neither has any sexual character.

Synonyms: Female, Feminine.

We apply female to the sex or individual, as opposed to male; also, to the distinctive belongings of women; as, female dress, female form, female character, etc.; feminine, to things appropriate to, or affected by, women; as, feminine studies, employments, accomplishments, etc. "Female applies to sex rather than gender, and is a physiological rather than a grammatical term. Feminine applies to gender rather than sex, and is grammatical rather than physiological."

(01 Mar 1998)

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