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mŭlĭer , ĕris, f. mollior, comp. of mollis, q. v.,
I.a woman, a female, whether married or not.
I. Lit.
B. In partic., a wife, opp. to a maid: “ecqua virgo sit aut mulier digna, etc.,Cic. Verr. 2, 1, 24, § 63: “Cicero objurgantibus, quod sexagenarius Publiliam virginem duxisset, "cras mulier erit" inquit,Quint. 6, 3, 75: “si virgo fuit primo, postea mulier,Lact. 1, 17, 8 al.: “pudica mulier,Hor. Epod. 2, 39; Suet. Vit. 2; Inscr Orell. 4661.—
II. Transf., as a term of reproach, a woman, i. e. a coward, poltroon: “non me arbitratur militem, sed mulierem,Plaut. Bacch. 4, 8, 4.
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