vestal (n.) Old form(s): Vestall, Vestalls
woman vowed to chastity, virgin, priestess
AC III.xii.31[Caesar to Thidias] want will perjure / The ne'er-touched vestal
CE IV.iv.73[Dromio of Ephesus to Antipholus of Ephesus, of the kitchen maid] The kitchen vestal scorned you [ironic use]
Luc.883[Lucrece as if to opportunity] Thou mak'st the vestal violate her oath
MND II.i.158[Oberon to Puck, of Cupid] A certain aim he took / At a fair vestal throned by the west
Per IV.v.7[Second Gentleman to First Gentleman] Shall's go hear the vestals sing?
Ven.752[Venus to Adonis] Love-lacking vestals ... / Be prodigal
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