Other Word Forms of Female
Origin of Female
From Old French femele, from Medieval Latin femella (“a female”), from Latin femella (“a young female, a girl”), diminutive of femina (“a woman”). The English spelling was remodelled under the influence of male, which is not etymologically related. Compare man and woman.
Middle English alteration (influenced by male male) of femelle from Old French from Latin fēmella diminutive of fēmina woman dhē(i)- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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