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A purported medieval instrument of torture consisting of an iron frame in the form of a person in which the victim was enclosed and impaled on interior spikes.
(Historical Terms) a medieval instrument of torture, consisting of a hinged case (often shaped in the form of a woman) lined with iron spikes, which was forcibly closed on the victim
a medieval instrument of torture fashioned as a life-sized box in the shape of a woman and studded inside with sharp spikes.
[1890–95; translation of German eiserne Jungfrau]