Chichivache


Chichivache
Lit. 'a thin, meagre cow'. This was a creature of fable living on good and honest women. The animal was very thin, such women being supposedly rare.

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  • Chichivache — /chich euh vahsh /, n. (in early English literature) a mythical animal, usually depicted as a cow verging on starvation, that existed solely by devouring virtuous women. Cf. Bicorn. [1350 1400; ME < MF (north) chichefache thin face, ugly face,… …   Universalium

  • Chichivache — /chich euh vahsh /, n. (in early English literature) a mythical animal, usually depicted as a cow verging on starvation, that existed solely by devouring virtuous women. Cf. Bicorn. [1350 1400; ME < MF (north) chichefache thin face, ugly face …   Useful english dictionary

  • Chichevache — The Chichevache is a mythological European monster fabled to feed on good women. In Geoffrey Chaucer s Canterbury Tales, this human faced cow is perpetually starved to skin and bone due to the scarcity of obedient and faithful wives. The Bicorne… …   Wikipedia

  • Bicorn — /buy kawrn/, n. (in early French and English literature) a mythical animal, usually depicted as a grotesquely fat beast, that existed solely by devouring virtuous husbands. Cf. Chichivache. [1375 1425; late ME Bycorne < MF < L bicornis BICORN] *… …   Universalium

  • Bigorne et Chicheface — « Bigorne » redirige ici. Pour les autres significations, voir Bigorne (homonymie). Bigorne et Chicheface Bigorne et Chicheface sont des animaux fantastiques du folklore en Anjou et en Normandie. L …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Witch — The belief in witches and their ability to cast spells was widespread, but with none of the hysteria that characterised the witch trials of the post medieval period. By the 14c, the Church had come to reverse its earlier position, that witchcraft …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases


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