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A'mazon. n.s. [α and μάζος.] The Amazons were a race of women famous for valour, who inhabited Caucasus; they are so called from their cutting off their breasts, to use their weapons better. A warlike woman; a virago.

Stay, stay thy hands, thou art an amazon,
And fightest with the sword.
Shakesp. Henry VI.

Sources: Shakespeare's Henry VI, Part 1 (48)

Attributes: Greek (126) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Amazon." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: January 25, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=13023.


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