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termagant

  

      n  
a    a shrewish woman; scold  
b    (as modifier)  
a termagant woman>     
     (C13: from earlier Tervagaunt, from Old French Tervagan, from Italian Trivigante; after an arrogant character in medieval mystery plays who was supposed to be a Muslim deity)  
  termagancy      n  
  termagantly      adv  
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