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virginal

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[ vur-juh-nl ]
/ ˈvɜr dʒə nl /
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adjective

of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or befitting a virgin: virginal purity.
continuing in a state of virginity.
pure; unsullied; untouched: a virginal mountain stream.
Zoology. not fertilized.

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Origin of virginal

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1400–50; late Middle English <Latin virginālis, equivalent to virgin-virgin + -ālis-al1
vir·gin·al·ly, adverb

Definition for virginal (2 of 2)

virginal2
[ vur-juh-nl ]
/ ˈvɜr dʒə nl /

noun

Often virginals. a rectangular harpsichord with the strings stretched parallel to the keyboard, the earlier types placed on a table: popular in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Origin of virginal

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First recorded in 1520–30; apparently special use of virginal1
vir·gin·al·ist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for virginal (1 of 2)

virginal1
/ (ˈvɜːdʒɪnəl) /

adjective

of, relating to, characterized by, proper to, or maintaining a state of virginity; chaste
extremely pure or fresh; untouched; undefiled
virginally, adverb
C15: from Latin virginālis maidenly, from virgō virgin

British Dictionary definitions for virginal (2 of 2)

virginal2
/ (ˈvɜːdʒɪnəl) /

noun

(often plural) a smaller version of the harpsichord, but oblong in shape, having one manual and no pedals
virginalist, noun
C16: probably from Latin virginālis virginal 1, perhaps because it was played largely by young ladies
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