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Female, adj., pertaining to the sex which produces young: “my f. evil,” Sonn. 144, 5. “the f. ivy,” Mids. IV, 1, 48. “f. bastard,” Wint. II, 3, 175. “this law and f. bar,” H5 I, 2, 42 (i. e. exclusion of women). “fresh f. buds,” Rom. I, 2, 29. “the f. dove,” Hml. V, 1, 309. “a f. heir,” Hml. V, 1, 309. Hence == womanly, tender: “of f. favour,” As IV, 3, 87. “their f. joints,” R2 III, 2, 114. “with f. fairies will his tomb be haunted,” Cymb. IV, 2, 217 (Douce: 'harmless and protecting spirits, not fairies of a mischievous nature').
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