The female is one half of a heterogamous reproduction system, where the male is the other half. In many cases, a female cannot reproduce without sexual intercourse with a male, although some exceptions exist. What actually differentiates a female from a male is not always apparent, and in some cases is more a question of definition than anything else. 'Female' and 'male' designate reproductive structures in plants, so the concept is not just limited to animals. A woman is a female human being.
In most cultures, women are expected to conform to a standard female gender role. Female is commonly represented by the symbol ♀. In hardware and electronics, a female connector is a fixture, such as a socket, which is designed to have a corresponding (male) fitting inserted into it (see gender changer). The word female figuratively means internal based on this sense.
Other meanings of female
- In hardware and electronics, a female connector is a component, such as a socket, which is designed to be receive and contain a corresponding male component. See gender of connectors and fasteners and gender changer.)
- woman for more on female humans.