maidenhead spoon

noun

Definition of maidenhead spoon

: a 16th century silver or silver-gilt spoon with handle terminating in a bust of the Virgin Mary

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History and Etymology for maidenhead spoon

obsolete English maidenhead ornamental representation of the head of the Virgin Mary (from Middle English maidenhed, from maiden entry 1 + hed head) + English spoon

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“Maidenhead spoon.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/maidenhead%20spoon. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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