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male
adjective
1 denoting the sex that produces sperm and fertilizes the egg cell produced by the female.
2 denoting the reproductive structure of a plant that produces the male gamete.
3 belonging to or characteristic of men; masculine male hormones .
4 for or made up of men or boys male college .
5 engineering said of a piece of machinery, etc: having a projecting part that fits into another part (the female, adjective 4).
noun a male person, animal or plant.
[14c: from French masle or male , from Latin masculus , from mas a male]
maleness noun .

male, masculine There is often confusion between male and masculine: male classifies, and refers to the fact of being a man; masculine describes and refers to characteristics that are typical of men.



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male chauvinist or (colloq) male chauvinist pig
noun , derog a man who believes in the superiority of men over women, is primarily concerned to promote men's interests and acts in a prejudiced manner towards women.
[1970s: see chauvinism]
male chauvinism noun .


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male fern
noun a common woodland fern that has long fronds, each divided into many tapering lobes.


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male menopause
noun , colloq, esp facetious a critical period of change affecting middle-aged men, often involving decline in sexual potency, loss of confidence, etc, thought to be caused by psychological factors such as fear of ageing.
[1960s]


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malediction
noun , literary or formal
1 a curse or defamation.
2 an act or the process of cursing; the uttering of a curse.
[15c: from Latin maledictio , from male badly + dicere to speak]
maledictory adjective .


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