male


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Male \Male\, n.
   1. An animal of the male sex.
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   2. (Bot.) A plant bearing only staminate flowers.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Mal- \Mal-\ (m[a^]l-).
   A prefix in composition denoting ill, or evil, F. male, adv.,
   fr. malus, bad, ill. In some words it has the form male-,
   as in malediction, malevolent. See Malice.
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   Note: The form male- is chiefly used in cases where the e,
         either alone or with other letters, is pronounced as a
         separate syllable, as in malediction, malefactor,
         maleficent, etc. Where this is not the case, as in
         malfeasance or male-feasance, malformation or
         male-formation, etc., as also where the word to which
         it is prefixed commences with a vowel, as in
         maladministration, etc., the form mal is to be
         preferred, and is the one commonly employed.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Male- \Male-\ (m[a^]l- or m[a^]l[-e]-).
   See Mal-.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Male \Male\ (m[=a]l), a. [L. malus. See Malice.]
   Evil; wicked; bad. [Obs.] --Marston.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Male \Male\, n.
   Same as Mail, a bag. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Male \Male\, a. [F. m[^a]le, OF. masle, mascle, fr. L. masculus
   male, masculine, dim. of mas a male; possibly akin to E. man.
   Cf. Masculine, Marry, v. t.]
   1. Of or pertaining to the sex that begets or procreates
      young, or (in a wider sense) to the sex that produces
      spermatozoa, by which the ova are fertilized; not female;
      as, male organs.
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   2. (Bot.) Capable of producing fertilization, but not of
      bearing fruit; -- said of stamens and antheridia, and of
      the plants, or parts of plants, which bear them.
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   3. Suitable to the male sex; characteristic or suggestive of
      a male; masculine; as, male courage.
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   4. Consisting of males; as, a male choir.
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   5. (Mech.) Adapted for entering another corresponding piece
      (the female piece) which is hollow and which it fits; as,
      a male gauge, for gauging the size or shape of a hole; a
      male screw, etc.
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   Male fern (Bot.), a fern of the genus Aspidium ({Aspidium
      Filixmas}), used in medicine as an anthelmintic, esp.
      against the tapeworm. Aspidium marginale in America, and
      Aspidium athamanticum in South Africa, are used as good
      substitutes for the male fern in medical practice. See
      Female fern, under Female.

   Male rhyme, a rhyme in which only the last syllables agree,
      as laid, afraid, dismayed. See Female rhyme, under
      Female.

   Male screw (Mech.), a screw having threads upon its
      exterior which enter the grooves upon the inside of a
      corresponding nut or female screw.

   Male thread, the thread of a male screw.
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