womanhood


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Womanhood \Wom"an*hood\, n.
   1. The state of being a woman; the distinguishing character
      or qualities of a woman, or of womankind.
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            Unspotted faith, and comely womanhood. --Spenser.
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            Perhaps the smile and the tender tone
            Came out of her pitying womanhood.    --Tennyson.
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   2. Women, collectively; womankind.
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