Virgin's bower
Virgin Vir"gin, n. [L. virgo, -inis: cf. OF. virgine, virgene, virge, vierge, F. vierge.] 1. A woman who has had no carnal knowledge of man; a maid. [1913 Webster]

2. A person of the male sex who has not known sexual indulgence. [Archaic] --Wyclif. [1913 Webster]

These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. --Rev. xiv. 4. [1913 Webster]

He his flesh hath overcome; He was a virgin, as he said. --Gower. [1913 Webster]

3. (Astron.) See {Virgo}. [1913 Webster]

4. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of several species of gossamer-winged butterflies of the family {Lyc[ae]nid[ae]}. [1913 Webster]

5. (Zo["o]l.) A female insect producing eggs from which young are hatched, though there has been no fecundation by a male; a parthenogenetic insect. [1913 Webster]

{The Virgin}, or {The Blessed Virgin}, the Virgin Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ.

{Virgin's bower} (Bot.), a name given to several climbing plants of the genus {Clematis}, as {Clematis Vitalba} of Europe, and {Clematis Virginiana} of North America. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • virgin's-bower — [vʉr′jənz bou′ər] n. any of several small flowered forms of clematis; esp., a climbing vine (Clematis virginiana) with white flowers, native to E North America …   English World dictionary

  • virgin's bower — Clematis Clem a*tis (kl[e^]m [.a]*t[i^]s), n. [NL., fr. Gr. klhmati s brushwood, also (from its long, lithe branches) clematis. fr. klh^ma twig, shoot, fr. kla^n to break off.] (Bot.) A genus of flowering plants, of many species, mostly climbers …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • virgin's-bower — virgininė raganė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Vėdryninių šeimos vaistinis augalas (Clematis virginiana), paplitęs Šiaurės Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Clematis virginiana angl. virgin s bower pranc. clématite de Virginie šaltinis… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • virgin's-bower — /verr jinz bow euhr/ a climbing vine, Clematis virginiana, of eastern North America, having branching clusters of small, white flowers and seed pods with silky, grayish plumes. [1590 1600] * * * virˈgin s bowˈer noun Traveller s joy (Clematis… …   Useful english dictionary

  • virgin's bower — noun common climber of eastern North America that sprawls over other plants and bears numerous panicles of small creamy white flowers • Syn: ↑old man s beard, ↑devil s darning needle, ↑Clematis virginiana • Hypernyms: ↑clematis …   Useful english dictionary

  • virgin's-bower — vir′gin s bow′er n. pln any of several climbing varieties of clematis, as Clematis virginiana, of E North America, with branching clusters of small white flowers • Etymology: 1590–1600 …   From formal English to slang

  • virgin's bower — noun Date: circa 1597 any of several usually small flowered and climbing clematises (especially Clematis virginiana) …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • virgin's-bower — /verr jinz bow euhr/ a climbing vine, Clematis virginiana, of eastern North America, having branching clusters of small, white flowers and seed pods with silky, grayish plumes. [1590 1600] * * * …   Universalium

  • virgin's-bower — /vɜdʒənz ˈbaʊə/ (say verjuhnz bowuh) noun any of several climbing varieties of clematis with small white flowers in large panicles, as Clematis virginiana, of the US …   Australian English dictionary

  • Texas virgin's bower — barzdotoji raganė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Vėdryninių šeimos vaistinis augalas (Clematis drummondii), paplitęs Šiaurės Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Clematis drummondii angl. old man s beard; Texas virgin s bower isp. barba de Viejo;… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

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