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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