menarche

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First attested 1900, from German Menarche (1895), formed from meno- (menstruation) + Ancient Greek ἀρχή (arkhḗ, beginning).

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menarche (plural menarches)

  1. The onset of menstruation; the beginning of the menstrual period. A girl's first period.
    • 1973, Patrick O'Brian, HMS Surprise:
      How old is she? Nine? Ten? The menarche is not far off – a hint of a bosom, poor child.
    • 1978, Benjamin Walker, Encyclopedia of Metaphysical Medicine, Routledge 1978, p. 252:
      The most potent and indeed dangerous of all menstrual blood was the menarche, the first day's flow of the first menstruation of a virgin girl.

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