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EtymologyEdit

From Latin femella.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /fə.mɛl/
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AdjectiveEdit

femelle (plural femelles)

  1. female

NounEdit

femelle f (plural femelles)

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

Usage notesEdit

  • 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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AdjectiveEdit

femelle m or f (plural femelles)

  1. female

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