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Definitions

  • 17. Male Stylops
    17. Male Stylops
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj male being the sex (of plant or animal) that produces gametes (spermatozoa) that perform the fertilizing function in generation "a male infant","a male holly tree"
    • adj male for or pertaining to or composed of men or boys "the male lead","the male population"
    • adj male characteristic of a man "a deep male voice","manly sports"
    • n male an animal that produces gametes (spermatozoa) that can fertilize female gametes (ova)
    • n Male the capital of Maldives in the center of the islands
    • n male a person who belongs to the sex that cannot have babies
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Additional illustrations & photos:

40. Male Stylops 40. Male Stylops
133. Libellula trimaculata, male 133. Libellula trimaculata, male
cartoon, male reciter cartoon, male reciter
Male elk Male elk

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: An adult male ostrich, the world's largest bird, can weigh up to 345 pounds.
    • Male (Bot) A plant bearing only staminate flowers.
    • Male (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.
    • Male An animal of the male sex.
    • Male (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.
    • Male Consisting of males; as, a male choir.
    • a Male māl Evil; wicked; bad.
    • Male 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.
    • n Male Same as Mail, a bag.
    • Male Suitable to the male sex; characteristic or suggestive of a male; masculine; as, male courage.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Females have a wider peripheral vision than males.
    • male Pertaining to the sex of human kind, and by extension to that of animals in general, that begets young, as distinguished from the female, which conceives and gives birth: as, a male child; a male beast, fish, or fowl.
    • male In botany, staminate: said of organs or flowers. In old usage plants were called male or female for fanciful reasons (for example, see male-fern).
    • male Pertaining to or characteristic of males of the human kind, or men as opposed to women; appropriate to men; masculine: as, male attire; a male voice.
    • male Composed of males; made up of men and boys: as, a male choir.
    • male Possessing some quality or attribute considered as characteristic of males.
    • male Generative; fruitful, as an idea. In this sense, Bacon entitles one of his treatises the “Male Birth of Time.”
    • n male One of the sex of human kind that begets young; a man or boy; by extension, and usually, one of the sex of any animal that begets young: opposed to female. In zoölogy the sign universally used for a male is ♂ (Mars), the sign ♀ (Venus) signifying female.
    • n male In plants characterized by sexual differences and reproduced by sexual generation, that individual of which the special function is to form the substance essential to the fertility of the germ developed by the female.
    • n male An obsolete form of mail.
    • male Bad; evil; wicked. Examples of this word in English are rare, it being almost always compounded with the following noun. (See mal-.)
    • n male An apple.
    • n male The knot, a sandpiper, Tringa canutus.
    • n male The dandelion.
    • n male See mal-.
    • n male A ‘male’ precious stone. In the middle ages and until quite recent times, all the darker gems, such as sapphire, ruby, and topaz, were known as ‘male’ gems; the lighter blue, lighter red, or lighter yellow were called ‘female’ gems.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Males, on average, think about sex every 7 seconds.
    • n Male māl (Spens.) mail, armour.
    • adj Male māl masculine: pertaining to the sex that begets (not bears) young:
    • n Male one of the male sex: a he-animal: a stamen-bearing plant
    • adj Male māl (bot.) bearing stamens
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Quotations

  • James Thurber
    James%20Thurber
    “Early to rise and early to bed makes a male healthy and wealthy and dead.”
  • Hazel Scott
    Hazel Scott
    “There's only one free person in this society, and he is white and male.”
  • Valerie Solanis
    Valerie Solanis
    “To be sure he's a Man, the male must see to it that the female be clearly a Woman, the opposite of a Man, that is, the female must act like a faggot.”
  • Mary Daly
    Mary Daly
    “If God is male, then male is God. The divine patriarch castrates women as long as he is allowed to live on in the human imagination.”
  • D. H. Lawrence
    D.%20H.%20Lawrence
    “How beautiful maleness is, if it finds its right expression.”
  • Lord Longford
    Lord Longford
    “The male sex still constitute in many ways the most obstinate vested interest one can find.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. mâle, OF. masle, mascle, fr. L. masculus, male, masculine, dim. of mas, a male; possibly akin to E. man,. Cf. Masculine Marry (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. male—L. masculus, male—mas, a male.

Usage

In literature:

The male resident deserts its territory at intervals, even in the morning; the male migrant betrays no inclination to do so.
"Territory in Bird Life" by H. Eliot Howard
They should be weaned when about three weeks old and placed in separate pens, separating the young males from the females.
"The Raising and Care of Guinea Pigs" by A. C. Smith
So desirous was she that her son should reign, that she slew all the other possible male heirs to the throne.
"Oriental Women" by Edward Bagby Pollard
It differs from male jealousy, for the male is generally possessive, the female competitive.
"The Intelligence of Woman" by W. L. George
It is equally true that such unsexed males possess a strong attraction for some abnormal individuals.
"A Problem in Modern Ethics" by John Addington Symonds
The ladies were very calm about it, but a chorus of yips sounded and swelled into a circus of cheers from the male working parties.
"The Test Colony" by Winston Marks
Male 2 flew east with male 1 in pursuit.
"Natural History of the Bell Vireo, Vireo bellii Audubon" by Jon C. Barlow
He discovered the male by examining small specimens, all the larger being female.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 1" by Various
He had taken a wife for the establishment of his realm in the hope of having male issue.
"The Divorce of Catherine of Aragon" by J.A. Froude
In the males their development varies considerably.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 6" by Various
I hear very little song from the male; probably he has all he can attend to.
"A-Birding on a Bronco" by Florence A. Merriam
Males range farther to the north, while females and immature males remain between lat.
"Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises of the Western North Atlantic" by Stephen Leatherwood
Individual males were calling; clasping males were silent.
"The Amphibians and Reptiles of Michoacán, México" by William E. Duellman
Some of the larger and more powerful males move far greater distances than smaller males.
"Ecological Observations on the Woodrat, Neotoma floridana" by Henry S. Fitch
Calling males were floating, almost upright, in the water within a few yards of shore, where there was dense vegetation.
"Field Study of Kansas Ant-Eating Frog" by Henry S. Fitch
He watched as first the male and then the female shook themselves and stretched their paws in readiness.
"The Moghul" by Thomas Hoover
At Driftwood (Aug. 29, 1952) a male was caught in a mouse trap in the same area where a male was singing on the previous day.
"Birds Found on the Arctic Slope of Northern Alaska" by James W. Bee
In the mutant called "fused" the females are sterile both with wild males and with males from their own stock.
"Sex-linked Inheritance in Drosophila" by Thomas Hunt Morgan
The venter is white, and the vocal sac in breeding males is yellow.
"Middle American Frogs of the Hyla microcephala Group" by William E. Duellman
The males are in little clusters, which are borne at intervals along a hanging stalk, two or three inches in length.
"Wayside and Woodland Trees" by Edward Step
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In poetry:

But, male for female is a trope,
Or rather bold misnomer,
That would have startled even Pope,
When he translated Homer.
"On A Mistake In His Translation Of Homer" by William Cowper
Male God who on male lust bestows
The ruddy lip, the rounded limb,
And promises, at battle's close,
Houri, not saint nor seraphim.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
Thorowe ryche male and myneyeple,
Many sterne the strocke done streght;
Many a freyke that was fulle fre,
Ther under foot dyd lyght.
"Chevy-Chase" by Anonymous British
BROWN did not know that Turkish male,
He might have been his sainted mother:
The people in this simple tale
Are total strangers to each other.
"Ben Allah Achmet, or, the Fatal Tum" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Four subjects, and all of them male,
To BORRIA doubled the knee,
They were once on a far larger scale,
But he'd eaten the balance, you see
("Scale" and "balance" is punning, you see).
"King Borria Bungalee Boo" by William Schwenck Gilbert
The fig is a very secretive fruit.
As you see it standing growing, you feel at once it is symbolic:
And it seems male.
But when you come to know it better, you agree with the
Romans, it is female.
"Figs" by D H Lawrence

In news:

In lab experiments, male mice given the pill were rendered completely infertile during treatment as they produced fewer and less mobile sperm.
A male contraception drug is on its way.
Stephen Colbert ridicules KU Medical Center plan for male birth control pill .
Would you take the male birth control pill .
While US progress lags, Indonesia readies male contraception pill.
Amory believes a male birth-control pill (or topical equivalent) can help curb world poverty.
Male birth control pill soon a reality.
Scientists identified a new gene involved in sperm development that could lead to a non-hormonal form of male birth control.
New Gene May Lead to Elusive Male Birth Control Pill .
The Making of the Black American Male.
Male orange and white cat, Smoke, lost in Grove City.
A male student was victim of an aggravated sexual assault/kidnapping on the University of North Texas campus at 7 p.m.
Employees report robbery of business by three males.
Behold the final paragraph of Katie Roiphe's New York Times Sunday Book Review story on the lost art of freaky sex writing pioneered by the "Great Male Novelists" like Updike, Roth, and Mailer.
Queer Male Poets on the Midwestern Experience.
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In science:

The head, right wing and midsection is male.
A Developmental Network Theory of Gynandromorphs, Sexual Dimorphism and Species Formation
Thus if development establishes an XX bilateral half that half can no longer generate a male Y based subsection.
A Developmental Network Theory of Gynandromorphs, Sexual Dimorphism and Species Formation
This reinforcement can work even in situations where the male trait confers a survival disadvantage.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
This is shown in Figure 8, which compares the normalized citation distributions for papers with male and female first authors.
Demographic and Citation Trends in Astrophysical Journal papers and Preprints
Among the latter super-cited papers all but two have male first authors.
Demographic and Citation Trends in Astrophysical Journal papers and Preprints
The solid line is for males and the dotted line is for females.
Demographic and Citation Trends in Astrophysical Journal papers and Preprints
Work reported by Miyano et al. (2000) used the surrogate data test applied to a Japanese vowel from one male and one female speaker using Fourier surrogates and the same phase-space statistic.
Testing the assumptions of linear prediction analysis in normal vowels
More complicated organisms often divide into male and female individuals, and off-spring is created by combining parts of the paternal genome with parts of the maternal genome, using recombination.
The Penna Model of Biological Aging
Note that g takes 3 possible values: female, male, and unknown (unreported).
Planetary-Scale Views on an Instant-Messaging Network
The Messenger population consists of 100 million males and 80 million females by self report.
Planetary-Scale Views on an Instant-Messaging Network
HIV data (van ’t Wout et al., 2003) comparing four HIV+ males with four HIV− males, N = 7680 genes.
Microarrays, Empirical Bayes and the Two-Groups Model
An additional information in a zone is the gender (male, female) for the user-de fined actor, used for pronoun resolut ion of main actors.
CoZo+ - A Content Zoning Engine for textual documents
The curves represent distribution densities for male (gray) and female (black) examinees.
Test item response time and the response likelihood
Nevertheless, in 2005 the picture differs from the earlier years. In 2005, some 60% of as well the male as the female applicants is in the B category.
Past Performance as Predictor of Successful Grant Applications: A Case Study
Table 25 shows that male and female researchers indeed do differ significantly in terms of publications, citations, and referee results.
Past Performance as Predictor of Successful Grant Applications: A Case Study
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