doncella

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Spanish doncella (maid). Compare damsel.

Noun[edit]

doncella (plural doncellas)

  1. A fish of Florida and the West Indies (Halichoeres radiatus).
  2. The ladyfish (Bodianus rufus) of the same region.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for doncella in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)


Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From a Vulgar Latin *domnicella (cf. Old Provençal donçela, Portuguese donzela, French demoiselle), based on Latin domina (lady, mistress).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

doncella f (plural doncellas)

  1. maid, damsel
  2. abigail

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