One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of, relating to, or characteristic of a virgin or virginity; that is a virgin; unviolated, pure.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Benjamin Disraeli (1804–1881), prime minister and novelist. From Hellenistic Greek παρθενικός of or relating to a virgin from ancient Greek παρθένος girl, virgin + -ικός.
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