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Bitch. n.s. [bıꞇᵹ, Saxon.]

  1. The female of the canine kind; as the wolf, the dog, the fox, the otter.

    And at his feet a bitch wolf suck did yield
    To two young babes.
    Spens. Vision of Bellay.

    I have been credibly informed, that a bitch will nurse, play with, and be fond of young foxes, as much as, and in place of her puppies. Locke.

  2. A name of reproach for a woman.

    John had not run a madding so long, had it not been for an extravagant bitch of a wife. Arbuthnot's History of J. Bull.

Sources: Arbuthnot, John (227) · Locke, John (269) · Spenser, Edmund (254)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269) · Saxon (215)

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