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[ur-suh-luh, urs-yoo-]
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  1. Saint, a legendary British princess who, with 11,000 virgins, is said to have been martyred by the Huns at Cologne.
  2. a female given name: from a Latin word meaning “bear.”
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  1. Saint. a legendary British princess of the fourth or fifth century ad, said to have been martyred together with 11 000 virgins by the Huns at Cologne. Feast day: Oct 21
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Word Origin and History for ursula


fem. proper name, from Latin Ursula, diminutive of ursa "she-bear" (see ursine).

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