a medieval instrument of torture fashioned as a box in the shape of a woman, large enough to hold a human being, and studded with sharp spikes on the inside.
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Origin of iron maiden
1890–95; translation of German eiserne Jungfrau
Also called iron maiden of Nuremberg.
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a medieval instrument of torture, consisting of a hinged case (often shaped in the form of a woman) lined with iron spikes, which was forcibly closed on the victim
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