Chichevache

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French chiche (lean) vache (cow)

Proper noun[edit]

Chichevache

  1. A fabulous cow of enormous size, whose food was patient wives, and which was therefore in very lean condition.
    • a. 1400, Geoffrey Chaucer, The Clerk's Tale
      "O noble wives, full of high prudence, / Let no humility your tongues nail: / Nor let no clerk have cause or diligence / To write of you a story of such marvail, / As of Griselda patient and kind, / Lest Chichevache you swallow in her entrail.