PRONUNCIATION: və-rä'gō, -rā'-, vîr'ə-gō'
(where ə is the elusive schwa)
NOUN: Inflected forms: pl. vi·ra·goes or vi·ra·gos
1. A woman regarded as noisy, scolding, or domineering. 2. A large, strong, courageous woman.
ETYMOLOGY: Latin virāgō, from vir, man. See wī-ro- in Appendix I.
OTHER FORMS: vi·ragi·nous (və-ră'jə-nəs) —ADJECTIVE
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See termagant for a usage example.