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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Feminine, a. Also: femynyne, -enine, -ening. [ME. femynyne, feminine (c 1384), OF. feminin(e, L. fēminīnus.] Feminine, female; womanish. c1500-c1512 Dunb. lxxxv. 10.
Haile, fresche flour femynyne!
15.. Clar. v. 340.
Ladies with havings femenine To utheris kneillit
1560 Rolland Seven S. 8748.
For Lodwik was schamefull and feminine And Alexander peirt, furthie, and masculine
1569-73 Bann. Memor. 52.
Ane ambassadour of the feminine [v.r. femening] gener, the lady Northumberland
a1585 Maitl. Q. lxvi. 73.
The hardest hairt … may be makin soft … be the dulcour feminine

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