Italian Language/use of "tigre"

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Dear Maria,

Would you please verify if the following is correct or not:

In Italian, the word “tigre” is used to refer to both male and female tigers.  If a person needs to be specific about the gender of a tiger, he must say either: “una tigre maschio”  =  a male tiger, or “una tigre femmina”  =  a female tiger.

Thank you very much.

Sincerely,

Rich

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Dear Rich,

just as you say, the Italian word “tigre” is used to refer to both male and female tigers, so that,if a person needs to be specific about the gender of a tiger, he must say either “una tigre maschio”(a male tiger) or “una tigre femmina” (a female tiger)where "maschio" and "femmina" are used as invariable nouns.

Best regards,

Maria

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