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n.1.A female pope; i. e., the fictitious pope Joan.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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In a celebration of UBW'S 25th anniversary, the evening revisits "LifeDance II: the papess ...
Et Imp; Monumenta Germaniae Historica: Scriptores, XXII, 428 cited in Pardoe and Pardoe, The Female Pope, 11; Tom Tadfor Little, The Hermitage: Tarot History [web site] (2001 [accessed 5 April 2004]).--The History of the High Priestess (Papess) Card ( 16/05/04; Bill Butler, Dictionary of the Tarot (New York: Schocken Books, 1975), 117.
But why doesn't the lieutenant seek out the Papess?", the magician asked in conclusion and left.