Virginalist

virginal

2 [vur-juh-nl]
noun
Often, virginals. a rectangular harpsichord with the strings stretched parallel to the keyboard, the earlier types placed on a table: popular in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Origin:
1520–30; apparently special use of virginal1

virginalist, noun
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virginal1 (ˈvɜːdʒɪnəl)
 
adj
1.  of, relating to, characterized by, proper to, or maintaining a state of virginity; chaste
2.  extremely pure or fresh; untouched; undefiled
 
[C15: from Latin virginālis maidenly, from virgō virgin]
 
'virginally1
 
adv

virginal2 (ˈvɜːdʒɪnəl)
 
n
(often plural) a smaller version of the harpsichord, but oblong in shape, having one manual and no pedals
 
[C16: probably from Latin virginālisvirginal1, perhaps because it was played largely by young ladies]
 
'virginalist2
 
n

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