Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having the monthly flow or discharge, as a female.
  • Pertaining to the monthly flow of females.
  • In botany, lasting for a month.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Having the monthly flow or discharge; menstruating.
  • adjective Of or pertaining to the monthly flow; catamenial.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to menstruation; menstrual.
  • adjective of a female Currently undergoing menstruation.
  • adjective obsolete Monthly.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Anglo-Norman menstruus, Middle French menstrueus, and their source, Late Latin menstruosus ("menstruating"), from Latin mēnstruum.

Examples

  • If a woman begins to menstruate on the same day of the month for three consecutive months, there is a presumption that that is the day when she begins her period and all the detailed regulations concerning a menstruous woman begin at that date.

    Killer Wife in Jewish Law and Lore.

  • Noticing the malignity of Egyptian women he declares (p. 628, English trans.) that they prepare a draught containing a quant.suff. of menstruous discharge at certain phases of the moon, which produces symptoms of scurvy; the gums decay, the teeth, beard and hair fall off, the body dries, the limbs lose strength and death follows within a year.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Vega reports of his knowledge, that he hath known melancholy caused from putrefied blood in those seed-veins and womb; [2429] Arculanus, from that menstruous blood turned into melancholy, and seed too long detained (as I have already declared) by putrefaction or adustion.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Zion spreadeth forth her hands, and there is none to comfort her: the LORD hath commanded concerning Jacob, that his adversaries should be round about him: Jerusalem is as a menstruous woman among them.

    Probably Just One Of Those Funny Coincidences

  • I abhor it like a menstruous rag, and I do not wear it on the days when I am at leisure.

    Deliver us from evil

  • Ye shall defile also the covering of thy graven images of silver, and the ornament of thy molten images of gold: thou shalt cast them away as a menstruous cloth; thou shalt say unto it, Get thee hence.

    Probably Just One Of Those Funny Coincidences

  • I abhor it like a menstruous rag, and I do not wear it on the days when I am at leisure.

    Archive 2006-03-01

  • Ye shall defile also the covering of thy graven images of silver, and the ornament of thy molten images of gold: thou shalt cast them away as a menstruous cloth; thou shalt say unto it, Get thee hence.

    Villaraigosa And Nunez Cut And Run - Video Report

  • Zion spreadeth forth her hands, and there is none to comfort her: the LORD hath commanded concerning Jacob, that his adversaries should be round about him: Jerusalem is as a menstruous woman among them.

    Villaraigosa And Nunez Cut And Run - Video Report

  • Of all female animals the female in man is the most richly supplied with blood, and of all female animals the menstruous discharges are the most copious in woman.

    The History of Animals

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