The sex
Sex Sex, n. [L. sexus: cf. F. sexe.] 1. The distinguishing peculiarity of male or female in both animals and plants; the physical difference between male and female; the assemblage of properties or qualities by which male is distinguished from female. [1913 Webster]

2. One of the two divisions of organic beings formed on the distinction of male and female. [1913 Webster]

3. (Bot.) (a) The capability in plants of fertilizing or of being fertilized; as, staminate and pistillate flowers are of opposite sexes. (b) One of the groups founded on this distinction. [1913 Webster]

{The sex}, the female sex; women, in general. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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