maenad


mae·nad

noun \ˈmē-ˌnad\

Definition of MAENAD

1
:  bacchante
2
:  an unnaturally excited or distraught woman
mae·nad·ic \mē-ˈna-dik\ adjective

Origin of MAENAD

Latin maenad-, maenas, from Greek mainad-, mainas, from mainesthai to be mad; akin to Greek menos spirit — more at mind
First Known Use: 1579

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