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ogress1

[oh-gris]
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noun
  1. a female monster in fairy tales and popular legend, usually represented as a hideous giant who feeds on human flesh.
  2. a monstrously ugly, cruel, or barbarous woman.
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Origin of ogress1

From the French word ogresse, dating back to 1705–15. See ogre, -ess

Usage note

See -ess.

ogress2

[oh-gris]
noun Heraldry.
  1. a roundel sable.
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Origin of ogress2

First recorded in 1565–75; origin uncertain
Also called pellet.
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Examples from the Web for ogress

Historical Examples

  • Miss Lizzie was the grim and terrible Ogress who dwelt in her lonely castle.

    Emmy Lou

    George Madden Martin

  • With a light heart the young man awaited the return of the ogress.

  • They started on their way, and came to a sheep-farm which belonged to the ogress.

    Italian Popular Tales

    Thomas Frederick Crane

  • They kept on and came to a well, and near it the ogress was sitting.

    Italian Popular Tales

    Thomas Frederick Crane

  • Then the fox threw the ogress down the well, and then entered the ogress' palace.

    Italian Popular Tales

    Thomas Frederick Crane