gynaeceum


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gynaeceum

(ˌdʒaɪnɪˈsiːəm)
n, pl -cea (-ˈsiːə)
1. (Historical Terms) (in ancient Greece and Rome) the inner section of a house, used as women's quarters
2. (Botany) a variant spelling of gynoecium
[C17: from Latin: women's apartments, from Greek gunaikeion, from gunē a woman]
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She charges herself with betraying her mother: "[I]sn't it my 'duty' to stay behind with my peers in the gynaeceum?" (Djebar, 1992: 213).
goes into the gynaeceum. Only when she comes back and realizes that the
Weaving as labor took place in a space specifically designated for women and textile production: the gynaeceum. A distaff, a tool used for weaving, eventually became a kind of verbal shorthand signifying women, women's work, or the woman's side of a family.
The familiarity of what is known within the city and the value of immediately perceivable experience outweigh the fear of the flood while the importance of Uxor's urban gynaeceum of sorts exceeds that of the heavenly message received through her husband.
(41) Ver Vanggaard, Phallos: "'Un castigo persa favorito impuesto a los extranos atrapados en el Harem o Gynaeceum es desnudarlos, y lanzarlos y exponerlos a los abrazos de los novios y de los esclavos negros'" (101, citando a Richard Burton, "Thousand Nights and a Night", Terminal Essay X [1885]: 235).