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masculine    : [m'æskjələn]
masculine \mas"cu*line\ (m[a^]s"k[-u]*l[i^]n), a. [L.
masculinus, fr. masculus male, manly, dim. of mas a male: cf.
F. masculin. See {Male} masculine.]
1. Of the male sex; not female.
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Thy masculine children, that is to say, thy sons.
--Chaucer.
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2. Having the qualities of a man; suitable to, or
characteristic of, a man; virile; not feminine or
effeminate; strong; robust.
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That lady, after her husband's death, held the reins
with a masculine energy. --Hallam.
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3. Belonging to males; appropriated to, or used by, males.
[R.] "A masculine church." --Fuller.
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4. (Gram.) Having the inflections of, or construed with,
words pertaining especially to male beings, as
distinguished from {feminine} and {neuter}. See {Gender}.
-- {Mas"cu*line*ly}, adv. -- {Mas"cu*line*ness}, n.
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