Jane-of-apes

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Jane-of-apes (plural not attested)

  1. (nonce word, obsolete) A silly, pert girl; a female jackanapes.
    • Philip Massinger
      Poliph. [] And, if you wish us joy, join with us in
      A dance at our wedding.
      Grac. Agreed; for I have thought of
      A most triumphant one, which shall express
      We are lords, and these our slaves.
      Poliph. But we shall want
      A woman.
      Grac. No, here's Jane-of-apes shall serve;
      Carry your body swimming.