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Annus Luctus

the period during which a widow is morally supposed to remain chaste. If she marries within about nine months from the death of her late husband and a child is born, a doubt might arise as to the paternity of the child. Such a marriage is not illegal, but it is inexpedient.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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