The medial labial consonants f and m in wīfmann coalesced into the modern form "woman", while the initial element, which meant "female", underwent semantic narrowing to the sense of a married woman ("wife").It is a popular misconception that the term "woman" is etymologically connected with "womb".To comply with Wikipedia's lead section guidelines, please consider modifying the lead to provide an accessible overview of the article's key points in such a way that it can stand on its own as a concise version of the article. The term woman is usually reserved for an adult, with the term girl being the usual term for a female child or adolescent.The term woman is also sometimes used to identify a female human, regardless of age, as in phrases such as "women's rights".The Venus symbol also represented femininity, and in ancient alchemy stood for copper."Woman" may also refer to a person's gender identity.Women with typical genetic development are usually capable of giving birth from puberty until menopause.In Old English, wīfmann meant "female human", whereas wēr meant "male human".
"Womb" as actually from a separate Old English word, wambe meaning "stomach" (modern German retains the colloquial term "Wampe" from Middle High German for "potbelly").
It is a stylized representation of the goddess Venus's hand-mirror or an abstract symbol for the goddess: a circle with a small equilateral cross underneath.