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defloration

[def-luh-rey-shuh n, dee-fluh-] /ˌdɛf ləˈreɪ ʃən, ˌdi flə-/
noun
1.
the act of deflowering.
Origin
1350-1400
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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British Dictionary definitions for defloration

defloration

/ˌdiːflɔːˈreɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act of deflowering
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin dēflorātiō; see de-, flower
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Word Origin and History for defloration
n.

late 14c., "culling of the finest passages from books," from Old French desfloracion (14c.), from Latin deflorationem "plucking of flowers," also "taking of (a woman's) virginity," noun of action from past participle stem of deflorare (see deflower). Cf. also anthology. Also used in Middle English with reference to virginity from c.1400.

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