• Belonging to the sex which typically produces sperm, or to the gender which is typically associated with it.
  • Tending to lead to or regulate the development of sexual characteristics typical of this sex.
  • Masculine; of the masculine grammatical gender.
  • Of instruments, tools, or connectors: designed to fit into or penetrate a female counterpart, as in a connector, pipe fitting or laboratory glassware.



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  • From Middle English male, borrowed from Old French malle, masle (Modern French mâle), from Latin masculus, diminutive of mās. macho.

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