Attested: On two inscriptions: DIS M VERECVD RVFILIA CIVES DOBVNNA ANNOR XXXV EXCINGVS CONIVX CONIVGI KARISSIMA POSIT DE SVO and D M VERECVNDAE.
Where: At Templeborough and Auchendavy Roman forts, where these ladies may have been wives of Roman soldiers and at least one came from the Dobunni tribe.
Name origin: Possibly a compound of a word for ‘man’, as seen in werewolf or virile, plus a precursor of modern cunt.
Notes: This may have been an ordinary ancient word for ‘woman’, without the modern reluctance to use words seen as vulgar.
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