virago [vɪˈrɑgoʊ] n.
1.) Woman. (Only as the name given by Adam to Eve, after the Vulgate rendering of Gen. ii. 23.)
2.) A man-like, vigorous, and heroic woman; a female warrior; an amazon. Now rare.
3.) A bold, impudent (or wicked) woman; a termagant, a scold (O.E.D. 2nd Ed.).
Etymology: adoption of Latin virāgo, a man-like or heroic woman, a female warrior, etc., from vir, man. Hence also Old French, French, and Spanish virago.
"'To arms, to arms!' the fierce virago cries,
And swift as lightning to the combat flies.
All side in parties, and begin th' attack;
Fans clap, silks rustle, and tough whalebones crack;
Heroes' and Heroines' shouts confus'dly rise,
And bass, and treble voices strike the skies" (The Rape of the Lock, Alexander Pope, 1712).
This week's honors in the weekly challenge go to...D4! Can he be stopped, is the question now, or am I actually going to have give away one of my precious books? He wrote what I believe is a poem (correct me if I'm wrong D4 cause the line breaks didn't come across) that goes:
You lucubrate every night in your little corner,A very worthy effort, as I'm sure everyone will agree. An honorable mention also goes to PeaceLoveandSharpies, who came up with the crazy idea for this contest in the first place. You had a strong entry (and I love you too) but were just unlucky to come up against a D4 playing at the top of his game. So, this week's words are quiescent, a priori, quixotic, repine, assiduous, consanguinity, and mien (pick your favorite 5). Good luck, and thanks for reading!
To fit with the hoi polloi of nature inchoate;
Your need of verdant paper subaltern only to the former
Suppresses the affection between you and this poet.