Virago was a strong, brave, or warlike woman (from Latin vir "a man", compare Tomboy). The term was later used to refer to a noisy, bossy, and scolding woman. It is closely related to termagant, which is a quarrelsome, scolding woman and shrew, which is a nagging woman.

The two meanings have led to the word's use as names for:

Latin Bible

Virago is the Latin Bible's word for "woman". It was the name given by Adam to the first woman when she was created out of his rib. (The name was later changed to "Eve.") The Latin Bible says:

Dixitque Adam hoc nunc os ex ossibus meis et caro de carne mea haec vocabitur virago quoniam de viro sumpta est. ("And Adam said: This now is bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called woman, because she was taken out of man.")

The Middle English poem Cursor Mundi retains the Latin name for the woman in its otherwise Middle English account of the creation:

''Quen sco was broght be-for adam, Virago he gaf her to nam; žar for hight sco virago, ffor maked of the man was sco.'' (lines 631-34)

("When she was brought before Adam, Virago was the name he gave to her; Therefore she is called Virago, For she was made out of the man.")

Used in the title of the novel,"The Chronicles of the Virago" ISBN-10: 1424133653 Author-Michael Bialys


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