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

  • transitive v. To take away the virginity of (a woman).
  • transitive v. To destroy the innocence, integrity, or beauty of; ravage.

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  • v. To take the virginity of a woman or girl.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To deprive of flowers.
  • transitive v. To take away the prime beauty and grace of; to rob of the choicest ornament.
  • transitive v. To deprive of virginity, as a woman; to violate; to ravish; also, to seduce.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To deprive or strip of flowers, or of the qualities or character of a flower.
  • Hence To despoil of beauty or grace; spoil the appearance or nature of; damage; vitiate.
  • To deprive of virginity; ravish; violate.

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

  • v. deprive of virginity
  • v. make imperfect

Etymologies

Middle English deflouren, from Old French defflourer, from Late Latin dēflōrāre : Latin dē-, de- + Latin flōs, flōr-, flower; see bhel-3 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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