don·​cel·​la | \ dänˈselə \
plural -s

Definition of doncella

1 : any of several brightly colored wrasses of the West Indies and Florida:
a : the slippery dick and closely related fishes
2 : either of two West Indian timber trees (Byrsonima spicata and B. cuneata) valued for their hard wood — compare surette

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History and Etymology for doncella

American Spanish, from Spanish, girl, virgin, housemaid, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin domnicilla, diminutive of Latin domina lady

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“Doncella.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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