The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0312 Monday, 4 February 2002
From: Robin Hamilton <
Date: Friday, 1 Feb 2002 00:01:12 -0000
Subject: 13.0296 Re: Distinctions
Comment: Re: SHK 13.0296 Re: Distinctions
> So, 'freemartin' seems appropriate. But does it make the actor a woman?
I think the term has to be specific to a sterile female -- OED2 doesn't
note this, but at some point I'm pretty sure it broadened out from oxen
to generic female mammals.
"freemartin: Vertebrate Zoology. a sexually imperfect, usually sterile
female calf that is born as a twin with a male."
"NOUN: A sterile or otherwise sexually imperfect female calf born as the
twin of a bull calf."
(American Heritage Dictionary)
(I think I must have originally encountered the term in Huxley -- sorry,
don't have a copy of _Brave New World_ on my shelves to check --
<< Freemartin Involuntary Sterilization - sterile female - by design "In
the vast majority of cases, fertility is merely a nuisance". BNW Page
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