defloration

defloration

[def-luh-rey-shuhn, dee-fluh-]
noun
the act of deflowering.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English defloracioun < Old French defloracion < Late Latin dēflōrātiōn- (stem of dēflōrātiō) a plucking of flowers, equivalent to dēflōrāt(us) (past participle of dēflōrāre to deflower) + -iōn- -ion

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defloration (ˌdiːflɔːˈreɪʃən)
 
n
the act of deflowering
 
[C15: from Late Latin dēflorātiō; see de-, flower]

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defloration
late 14c., "culling of the finest passages from books," from O.Fr. defloracion (14c.), from L. deflorationem "plucking of flowers," also "taking of (a woman's) virginity," noun of action from deflorare (see deflower). Cf. also anthology. Also used in M.E. with reference to virginity from c.1400
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