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Thursday, March 20, 2003

Definitions for virago

  1. A woman of extraordinary stature, strength, and courage.
  2. A woman regarded as loud, scolding, ill-tempered, quarrelsome, or overbearing.

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Citations for virago
The intrepid heroines range from Unn the Deep Minded, the Viking virago who colonized Iceland, to Sue Hendrikson, a school dropout who became one of the great experts on amber, fossils and shipwrecks. Ann Prichard, USA Today
This virago, this madwoman, finally got to me, and I was subjected to the most rude, the most shocking violence I can remember. José Limón, An Unfinished Memoir
Origin of virago
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Virago comes from Latin virago, "a man-like woman, a female warrior, a heroine" from vir, "a man."