1. Of or pertaining to a maiden, or to maidens; suitable to, or characteristic of, a virgin; as, maiden innocence. “Amid the maiden throng.”
Have you no modesty, no maiden shame ? --Shak.
2. Never having been married; not having had sexual intercourse; virgin; -- said usually of the woman, but sometimes of the man; as, a maiden aunt. “A surprising old maiden lady.”
3. Fresh; innocent; unpolluted; pure; hitherto unused. “Maiden flowers.”
Full bravely hast thou fleshed
Thy maiden sword. --Shak.
4. Used of a fortress, signifying that it has never been captured, or violated.
Maiden assize Eng. Law, an assize which there is no criminal prosecution; an assize which is unpolluted with blood. It was usual, at such an assize, for the sheriff to present the judge with a pair of white gloves. --Smart.
Maiden name, the surname of a woman before her marriage.
Maiden pink. Bot. See under Pink.
Maiden plum Bot., a West Indian tree (Comocladia integrifolia) with purplish drupes. The sap of the tree is glutinous, and gives a persistent black stain.
Maiden speech, the first speech made by a person, esp. by a new member in a public body.
Maiden tower, the tower most capable of resisting an enemy.
maiden voyage the first regular service voyage of a ship.
1. Bot. A name given to several plants of the caryophyllaceous genus Dianthus, and to their flowers, which are sometimes very fragrant and often double in cultivated varieties. The species are mostly perennial herbs, with opposite linear leaves, and handsome five-petaled flowers with a tubular calyx.
2. A color resulting from the combination of a pure vivid red with more or less white; -- so called from the common color of the flower.
3. Anything supremely excellent; the embodiment or perfection of something. “The very pink of courtesy.”
4. Zool. The European minnow; -- so called from the color of its abdomen in summer. [Prov. Eng.]
Bunch pink is Dianthus barbatus.
China pink, or Indian pink. See under China.
Clove pink is Dianthus Caryophyllus, the stock from which carnations are derived.
Garden pink. See Pheasant's eye.
Meadow pink is applied to Dianthus deltoides; also, to the ragged robin.
Maiden pink, Dianthus deltoides.
Moss pink. See under Moss.
Pink needle, the pin grass; -- so called from the long, tapering points of the carpels. See Alfilaria.
Sea pink. See Thrift.
n : low-growing loosely mat-forming Eurasian pink with single
crimson-eyed pale pink flowers [syn: Dianthus deltoides]