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A domineering, violent, or bad-tempered woman; formerly, a woman of masculine strength or spirit; a female warrior. The word is recorded in Old English (used only as the name given by Adam to Eve, following the Vulgate), from Latin ‘heroic woman, female warrior’, from vir ‘man’. The current sense dates from late Middle English.


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