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. [1913 Webster]

To arms! to arms! the fierce virago cries. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence, a mannish woman; a bold, turbulent woman; a termagant; a vixen. [1913 Webster]

Virago . . . serpent under femininity. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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