Calzephyr (calzephyr77) wrote in 1word1day,
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Wednesday Word: Termagant

Termagant - noun or adjective

A crossword clue, like a termagant had me running to the dictionary. I fully expected it to be a bird, but it's a medieval word that can mean:

1) a woman who could be described as violent, shrewish, gossipy or brawling
2) having the above qualities :S

Oddly enough, Termagant or Tervagant is also the name of a god that medieval European Christians believed was worshipped by Muslims.


Rip Van Winkle scolded by his wife.jpg
By Sol Eytige Jr. - Rip Van Winkle And His Wonderful Nap, Public Domain, Link


Tags: adjective, noun, t, wordsmith: calzephyr77
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