vi·ra·go (və-rägō, -rā-, vîrə-gō′)
n. pl. vi·ra·goes or vi·ra·gos
1. A woman regarded as noisy, scolding, or domineering.
2. A large, strong, courageous woman.
[Latin virāgō, from vir, man; see wī-ro- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
vi·ragi·nous (və-răjə-nəs) adj.
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