It is a popular misconception  that the term "woman" is etymologically connected to "womb". The Venus symbol also represented femininity , and in ancient alchemy stood for copper. Alchemists constructed the symbol from a circle representing spirit above an equilateral cross representing matter. The word woman can be used generally, to mean any female human, or specifically, to mean an adult female human as contrasted with girl. The word girl originally meant "young person of either sex" in English;  it was only around the beginning of the 16th century that it came to mean specifically a female child. In particular, previously common terms such as office girl are no longer widely used.