1. [syn: virgin's bower, old man's beard, devil's darning needle, Clematis virginiana]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Virgin \Vir"gin\, n. [L. virgo, -inis: cf. OF. virgine, virgene,
virge, vierge, F. vierge.]
1. A woman who has had no carnal knowledge of man; a maid.
2. A person of the male sex who has not known sexual
indulgence. [Archaic] --Wyclif.
These are they which were not defiled with women;
for they are virgins. --Rev. xiv. 4.
He his flesh hath overcome;
He was a virgin, as he said. --Gower.
3. (Astron.) See Virgo.
4. (Zool.) Any one of several species of gossamer-winged
butterflies of the family Lycaenidae.
5. (Zool.) A female insect producing eggs from which young
are hatched, though there has been no fecundation by a
male; a parthenogenetic insect.
The Virgin, or The Blessed Virgin, the Virgin Mary, the
Mother of Jesus Christ.
Virgin's bower (Bot.), a name given to several climbing
plants of the genus Clematis, as Clematis Vitalba of
Europe, and Clematis Virginiana of North America.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: common climber of eastern North America that sprawls over
other plants and bears numerous panicles of small creamy
white flowers [syn: virgin's bower, old man's beard,
devil's darning needle, Clematis virginiana]