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Brewer's: Maiden

A machine resembling the guillotine for beheading criminals in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries; brought to Scotland by the Regent Morton from Halifax, in Yorkshire, for the purpose …

The Devil's Dictionary: Maiden

by Ambrose Bierce MAGPIEMAJESTYMAIDEN -n. A young person of the unfair sex addicted to clewless conduct and views that madden to crime. The genus has a wide geographical distribution, being…

Brewer's: Maiden Town

i.e. a town never taken by the enemy. Edinburgh. The tradition is that the maiden daughters of a Pictish king were sent there for protection during an intestine war. Source: Dictionary of…

Stephen Crane: To the maiden

To the maiden The sea was blue meadow, Alive with little froth-people Singing. To the sailor, wrecked, The sea was dead grey walls Superlative in vacancy, Upon which nevertheless at fateful t…

Brewer's: Maiden of the Mist

Anne of Geierstein, in Sir Walter Scott's novel called Anne of Geierstein. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894MaidenhairMaiden Town A B C D E F G H I J…

Brewer's: Iron Maiden of Nuremberg

(The). An instrument of torture for “heretics,” traitors, parricides, etc. It was a box big enough to admit a man, with folding-doors, the whole studded with sharp iron spikes. …

Andersen's Fairy Tales: The Little Robber Maiden

The Prince and PrincessThe Lapland Woman and the Finland WomanThe Little Robber Maiden They drove through the dark wood; but the carriage shone like a torch, and it dazzled the eyes of the…

Christina Rossetti: Maiden-Song

Maiden-SongLong ago and long ago, And long ago still, There dwelt three merry maidens Upon a distant hill. One was tall Meggan, And one was dainty May, But one was fair Margaret, More …