A fabulous cow of enormous size, whose food was patient wives, and which was therefore in very lean condition.

"O noble wives, full of high prudence, / Let no humility your tongues nail: / Nor let no clerk have cause or diligence / To write of you a story of such marvail, / As of Griselda patient and kind, / Lest Chichevache you swallow in her entrail.

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  • Chichevache — Chiche vache , n. [F. chiche lean + vache cow.] A fabulous cow of enormous size, whose food was patient wives, and which was therefore in very lean condition. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Chichevache — The Chichevache is a mythological European monster fabled to feed on good women. In Geoffrey Chaucer s Canterbury Tales, this human faced cow is perpetually starved to skin and bone due to the scarcity of obedient and faithful wives. The Bicorne… …   Wikipedia

  • CHICHEVACHE —    a monster fabled to feed on good women, and starved, from the scarcity of them, to skin and bone, in contrast with another called Bicorn, that fed on good men, who are more plentiful, and was fat and plump …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • chichevache — In French myth, a giant cow that eats virtuous women …   Grandiloquent dictionary

  • Chichevache — …   Useful english dictionary

  • English words first attested in Chaucer — Contents 1 Etymology 2 List 2.1 Canterbury Tales General Prologue …   Wikipedia

  • Bigorne et Chicheface — « Bigorne » redirige ici. Pour les autres significations, voir Bigorne (homonymie). Bigorne et Chicheface Bigorne et Chicheface sont des animaux fantastiques du folklore en Anjou et en Normandie. L …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Bicorn (monster) — Bicorn (Also known as Bicrone) is a mythological creature related to the Unicorn with two horns that has the reputation of devouring kind hearted and devoted husbands, and is thus plump and well fed. His counterpart is the Chichevache, which… …   Wikipedia

  • (a )prey to —    suffering from    The victimization is in most cases figurative, as with those who describe themselves as being a prey to dyspepsia, for example. Not so the obsolete British prey to the bicorn, a cuckold. The bicorn was a mythical twohorned… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

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