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Chichivache

(3 syl.). French for the “sorry cow,” a monster that lived only on good women- all skin and bone, because its food was so extremely scarce. The old English romancers invented another monster, which they called Bicorn, as fat as the other was lean; but, luckily, he had for food “good and enduring husbands,” of which there is no lack. (See Bicorn )

O noble wyvës, full of heigh prudence,
Let noon humilitie your tongës nayle,
Ne lat no clerk have cause or diligence
To write of you a story of such mervayle
As of Griseldes, pacient and kynde,
Lest Chichi-vache you swolwe in hir entraile.

Chaucer: L'Envoye de Chaucer, v. 9064.

The French chiche-face means “thin-face.” Lydgate wrote a poem entitled Bycorne and Chichevache.

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