grasswidowhood

grass widow

noun
1.
a woman who is separated, divorced, or lives apart from her husband.
2.
a woman whose husband is away from home frequently or for a long time, as on business or to pursue a sport or hobby.
3.
Archaic.
a.
a discarded mistress.
b.
a woman who has borne an illegitimate child.

Origin:
1520–30; the first element perhaps orig. alluding to a bed of grass, hay, or the like; compare Dutch grasweduwe, German Strohwittwe literally, straw-widow

grasswidowhood, noun
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grass widow
 
n
1.  a woman divorced, separated, or living away from her spouse
2.  a woman whose spouse is regularly away for short periods
 
[C16, meaning a discarded mistress: perhaps an allusion to a grass bed as representing an illicit relationship; compare bastard; C19 in the modern sense]

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