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1. Greek Mythology A woman member of the orgiastic cult of Dionysus.
2. A frenzied woman.
[Latin Maenas, Maenad-, from Greek mainas, raving, madwoman, Maenad, from mainesthai, to be mad; see men- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. (Classical Myth & Legend) classical myth a woman participant in the orgiastic rites of Dionysus; bacchante
2. a frenzied woman
[C16: from Latin Maenas, from Greek mainas madwoman]
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2. a frenzied or raging woman.
[1570–80; < Latin Maenad- (s. of Maenas) < Greek Mainás a bacchante, literally, madwoman]
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|Noun||1.||maenad - an unnaturally frenzied or distraught woman|
|2.||maenad - (Greek mythology) a woman participant in the orgiastic rites of Dionysus|
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