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

  • adj. Variant of menstrual.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to menstruation; menstrual.
  • adj. Currently undergoing menstruation.
  • adj. Monthly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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


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


  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • The menstruous Purgation is a Flux of Blood issuing monthly from the Uterus.

    Tales of Passion, Tales of Woe

  • "The Chel or Ante-murale" (or second enclosure about the Temple), "was more sacred than the Court of the Gentiles: for hither no heathen, nor any unclean by that which died of itself, nor who lay with a menstruous woman, might come."

    From the Talmud and Hebraica

  • [One] was a bed, on which a profluvious man or woman, or a menstruous woman, or a woman in childbirth, or a leper, had either sat or stood, or lain, or leaned, or hung.

    From the Talmud and Hebraica


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