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Maiden (adjective)

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Máiden. adj.

  1. Consisting of virgins.

    Nor was there one of all the nymphs that rov'd
    O'er Mænalus, amid the maiden throng
    More favour'd once.
    Addison's Ovid's Metamorph.

  2. Fresh; new; unused; unpolluted.

    He fleshed his maiden sword. Shakespeare.

    When I am dead, strew me o'er
    With maiden flowers, that all the world may know
    I was a chaste wife to my grave.
    Shakesp. Henry VIII.

    By this maiden blossom in my hand
    I scorn thee and thy fashion.
    Shakesp. Henry VI.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 1 (46) · Shakespeare's Henry VI, Part 1 (48) · Shakespeare's Henry VIII (62)

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