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 for Female fern
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Female \Fe"male\, a.
     1. Belonging to the sex which conceives and gives birth to
        young, or (in a wider sense) which produces ova; not male.
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              As patient as the female dove
              When that her golden couplets are disclosed. --Shak.
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     2. Belonging to an individual of the female sex;
        characteristic of woman; feminine; as, female tenderness.
        "Female usurpation." --Milton.
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              To the generous decision of a female mind, we owe
              the discovery of America.             --Belknap.
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     3. (Bot.) Having pistils and no stamens; pistillate; or, in
        cryptogamous plants, capable of receiving fertilization.
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     Female rhymes (Pros.), double rhymes, or rhymes (called in
        French feminine rhymes because they end in e weak, or
        feminine) in which two syllables, an accented and an
        unaccented one, correspond at the end of each line.
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     Note: A rhyme, in which the final syllables only agree
           (strain, complain) is called a male rhyme; one in which
           the two final syllables of each verse agree, the last
           being short (motion, ocean), is called female. --Brande
           & C.
     Female screw, the spiral-threaded cavity into which
        another, or male, screw turns. --Nicholson.
     Female fern (Bot.), a common species of fern with large
        decompound fronds ({Asplenium Filixf[ae]mina), growing in
        many countries; lady fern.
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     Note: 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.
     Syn: Female, Feminine.
     Usage: 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." --Latham.
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