(3 syl.). Daughter of King Pepin, and bride of her cousin
Valentine, the brother of Orson. She soon died. (Valentine and
The prioress in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Good-natured,
wholly ignorant of the world, vain of her courtly manners, and noted
for her partiality to lap-dogs, her delicate oath, “by seint Eloy,”
her “entuning the service swetely in her nose,” and her speaking French
“after the scole of Stratford atte Bowe.”
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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