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maenad

play
noun mae·nad \ˈmē-ˌnad\

Definition of maenad

  1. 1 :  bacchante

  2. 2 :  an unnaturally excited or distraught woman

maenadic play \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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