deflower

deflower

[dih-flou-er]
verb (used with object)
1.
to deprive (a woman) of virginity.
2.
to despoil of beauty, freshness, sanctity, etc.
3.
to deprive or strip of flowers: The deer had deflowered an entire section of the garden.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English deflouren < Old French desflorer < Latin dēflōrāre, equivalent to dē- de- + flōr-, stem of flōs flower + -āre infinitive suffix

deflowerer, noun
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deflower (diːˈflaʊə)
 
vb
1.  to deprive of virginity, esp by rupturing the hymen through sexual intercourse
2.  to despoil of beauty, innocence, etc; mar; violate
3.  to rob or despoil of flowers
 
de'flowerer
 
n

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deflower
late 14c., from O.Fr. desflorer (13c.), from L. deflorare from flos "flower" (see flora). Notion is "to strip of flowers," hence "to ravish," which is the original sense in Eng.
"The French Indians are said not to have deflowered any of our young women they captivated." [1775]
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