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Widow

(See Grass Widow.) Widow (in Hudibras). The relict of Aminadab Wilmer or Willmot, an Independent, slain at Edgehill. She…

Widow Bird

A corruption of Whydaw bird. So called from the country of Whydaw, in Western Africa. The blunder is perpetuated in the scientific name given to the gen…

Widow's Cap

This was a Roman custom. Widows were obliged to wear “weeds” for ten months. (Seneca: Epistles, lxv.) Source: Dictionary of Phras…

Widow's Piano

Inferior instruments sold as bargains; so called from the ordinary advertisement announcing that a widow lady is compelled to sell her piano, for which …

Grass Widow

was anciently an unmarried woman who has had a child, but now the word is used for a wife temporarily parted from her husband. The word means a grace widow, a widow by courtesy. (In French,…

Widow's Port

A wine sold for port, but of quite a different family. As a widow retains her husband's name after her husband is taken away, so this mixture of potato …

Hempen Widow

The widow of a man who has been hanged. (See above.) “Of a hempen widow the kid forlorn.” Ainsworth: Jack Sheppard. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer,…

The Merry Widow

Music: Franz Lehár Libretto: Victor Léon and Leon Stein, based on the comedy by Henri Meilhac Premiere: Vienna, December 28, 1905 Joyful m…

White Widow

The Duchess of Tyrconnel, wife of Richard Talbot, Lord-deputy of Ireland under James II., created Duke of Tyrconnel a little before the king's abdicatio…

Last Civil War Widows

The last-known Union widow, Gertrude Janeway, died in Jan. 2003 in Tennessee. John Janeway joined the Union army in 1864 and was briefly a POW at Andersonville. The couple married in 1927, a…