Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to a wedding or marriage.
  • n. A wedding song or poem.
  • n. Archaic A wedding; nuptials.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Pertaining to marriage.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the hymen.
  • n. A hymn, song or poem in honour of a wedding.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to marriage.
  • n. A marriage song.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining or relating to marriage. Also hymenial.
  • Synonyms Connubial, Nuptial, etc. See matrimonial.
  • n. A marriage-song.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a wedding hymn
  • adj. of or relating to a wedding or marriage

Etymologies

From Latin hymenaeus, wedding song, wedding, from Greek humenaios, from Humēn, Hymen, from humēn, membrane; see hymen.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin hymenaeus (from Ancient Greek ὑμεναῖος ("matrimonial")) +‎ -al. Compare hymen. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Manston with feelings which could by any stretch of words be called hymeneal, she calmly owned.

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  • They wondered, all of them, if she really was pure, as pure as her name announced her to be, all white banners and hymeneal grace.

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  • Tendler also discusses the wedding date of a couple about to be married (if hormonal pills are used to regulate the date, their use must be stopped at the cycle before the wedding, due to the potential of staining), hymeneal bleeding which results in niddah and whether niddah status pertains if full penetration has not occurred.

    Female Purity (Niddah) Annotated Bibliography.

  • Spanish authorities allowed the count to begin as soon as the flow of hymeneal blood ceased.

    Female Purity (Niddah).

  • Chapter 10 of Tractate Niddah deals with questions about the possibility that hymeneal blood may actually be menstrual blood or contaminated with menstrual blood.

    Female Purity (Niddah).

  • It should be noted that what might have been considered hymeneal blood in the case of the minor bride may in fact have been due to vaginal tearing, since prior to puberty the girl does not have sufficient hormonal stimulation for proliferation of vaginal mucosa for lubrication.

    Female Purity (Niddah).

  • Despite the fact that Tosefta Niddah (Niddah 9: 10) and the Palestinian and Babylonian Talmudim (JT Niddah 4: 1 51b, BT Niddah 65b) have statements which differentiate between hymeneal blood, which is ritually pure, and menstrual blood, these distinctions were not sufficient to be acted upon.

    Female Purity (Niddah).

  • The reason given in JT Berakhot 2: 6 for his version is that there can be no hymeneal blood without menstrual blood mixed with it.

    Female Purity (Niddah).

  • Concern for possible transgression of the menstrual laws finds expression in the laws governing hymeneal blood.

    Female Purity (Niddah).

  • Post-coital hymeneal bleeding was transferred into the category of impure menstrual blood which had an entirely different and much more stringent set of rules.

    Female Purity (Niddah).

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