viragoes


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Virago \Vi*ra"go\ (?; 277), n.; pl. Viragoes. [L. virago,
   -intis, from vir a man. See Virile.]
   1. A woman of extraordinary stature, strength, and courage; a
      woman who has the robust body and masculine mind of a man;
      a female warrior.
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            To arms! to arms! the fierce virago cries. --Pope.
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   2. Hence, a mannish woman; a bold, turbulent woman; a
      termagant; a vixen.
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            Virago . . . serpent under femininity. --Chaucer.
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