V messalina

Messalina

[mes-uh-lahy-nuh]
noun
Valeria, died a.d. 48, third wife of Claudius I.
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Messalina (ˌmɛsəˈliːnə)
 
n
Valeria (vəˈlɪərɪə). died 48 ad, wife of the Roman emperor Claudius, notorious for her debauchery and cruelty

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Messalina
"scheming and licentious woman," 1887, in ref. to Valeria Messalina, notorious third wife of Rom. emperor Claudius.
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