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virginal2

[vur-juh-nl] /ˈvɜr dʒə nl/
noun
1.
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
1520-1530
1520-30; apparently special use of virginal1
Related forms
virginalist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for virginalist

virginal1

/ˈvɜːdʒɪnəl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, characterized by, proper to, or maintaining a state of virginity; chaste
2.
extremely pure or fresh; untouched; undefiled
Derived Forms
virginally, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin virginālis maidenly, from virgō virgin

virginal2

/ˈvɜːdʒɪnəl/
noun
1.
(often pl) a smaller version of the harpsichord, but oblong in shape, having one manual and no pedals
Derived Forms
virginalist, noun
Word Origin
C16: probably from Latin virginālisvirginal1, perhaps because it was played largely by young ladies
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