Virile

From Biology-Online Dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search

virile

Having the nature, properties, or qualities, of an adult man; characteristic of developed manhood; hence, masterful; forceful; specifically, capable of begetting; opposed to womanly, feminine, and puerile; as, virile age, virile power, virile organs.

Origin: L. Virilis, fr. Vir a man; akin to AS. Wer: cf. F. Viril. See Werewolf, World, and cf. Decemvir, Virago, Virtue.