pantheress

pantheress

(ˈpænθərɪs)
n
1. (Animals) a female panther
2. a charming woman with a wild streak
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Caption: 1 Gilded silver dish with emblema of a drunk suckling pantheress being roused by putti, Seleucid Bactria, 3rd to mid-2nd century BC.
In the case of animals, the terms "lioness," "tigress," and "pantheress" suggest an aura of feline savagery for a Jewess.
(It is another image that must have delighted Swinburne, who used the image of the panther when describing the dangerous allure of Venus in "Laus Veneris" [Poems, 1:20], and, in "At a Month's End," from Poems and Ballads 2 [1878], has his male speaker call his former mistress "my sleek black pantheress" and "my queen of panthers" [Poems, 3:32, 33].) Unfortunately by the time Ethel realizes the error of her ways and has shrugged off her wealthy suitors, Clive has himself already made a wildly unsuitable marriage.
I stopped, but it took me all the strength in the world to approach her stall, as it takes for a hunter to approach a branch where a pantheress lies curled with leaf-light on its black silk.
Just before figuring her as a pantheress, the poet-narrator writes: