On Tue, 2 Jan 2001, Christophe Grandsire wrote:

> Still, I don't see where "femelle" (female) derives from. Not
> "femina", for sure...

Actually yes, via the Latin diminutive "femella".

BTW, "female" is pronounced [fimejl] in English under the influence
of "male" [mejl]; if history had been followed, it would be [fEm@l].

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