Virginal
Virginal Vir"gin*al, n. [Cf. F. virginale; -- probably so called from being used by young girls, or virgins.] (Mus.) An instrument somewhat resembling the spinet, but having a rectangular form, like the small piano. It had strings and keys, but only one wire to a note. The instrument was used in the sixteenth century, but is now wholly obsolete. It was sometimes called a pair of virginals. [1913 Webster]

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  • virginal — VIRGINÁL, Ă, virginali, e, adj. 1. De virgină (1), de fecioară; feciorelnic, virgin. 2. fig. Candid, pur. [var.: (înv. şi pop.) verginál, ă adj.] – Din fr. virginal, lat. virginalus. Trimis de oprocopiuc, 08 …   Dicționar Român

  • virginal — virginal, ale (vir ji nal, na l ) adj. 1°   Qui appartient aux vierges. •   C était une charmante personne ; elle avait vraiment une figure, une douceur, une timidité virginales, J. J. ROUSS. Confess. x..    Il se dit de Jésus Christ. •   Jésus… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Virginal — von Ruckers, Musée de la musique, Paris Virginal nach Virdung 1511 Das Virginal ist eine Bauform des …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Virginal — Vir gin*al, a. [L. virginalis: cf. F. virginal.] Of or pertaining to a virgin; becoming a virgin; maidenly. Chastity and honor virginal. Spenser. [1913 Webster] {Virginal generation} (Biol.), parthenogenesis. {Virginal membrane} (Anat.), the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • virginal — (Del lat. virginālis). 1. adj. Perteneciente o relativo a la virgen. 2. Puro, incólume, inmaculado. ☛ V. entereza virginal, leche virginal …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • Virginal — Vir gin*al, v. i. To play with the fingers, as if on a virginal; to tap or pat. [Obs.] Still virginaling upon his palm! Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • virginal — (adj.) early 15c., from O.Fr. virginal or directly from L. virginalis, from virgin (see VIRGIN (Cf. virgin)). The keyed musical instrument so called from 1520s, but the reason is obscure (see VIRGINALS (Cf. virginals)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • virginal — Virginal, [virgin]ale. adj. Appartenant à une personne vierge. Pudeur, modestie virginale. fleur virginale. On appelle Lait virginal, Certaine liqueur rouge composée particulierement d esprit de vin, de benjoin & de storax, qui estant jettée dans …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Virginal — (engl.), so v.w. Spinett …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Virginal — Virgināl, auch Dietrichs Drachenkämpfe, Dietrich und seine Gesellen oder Dietrichs erste Ausfahrt, Dichtung der deutschen Heldensage im Berner Ton, um 1250 entstanden (hg. von Zupitza, 1870) …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

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