• School of the Vestal Virgins
    School of the Vestal Virgins
  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Virginly pure
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

Palmer and the Wise Virgin Palmer and the Wise Virgin
The Virgin with four Saints The Virgin with four Saints
Death of the Virgin Death of the Virgin
The Virgin Crowned by two Angels The Virgin Crowned by two Angels
Portion of Carved Walnut Virginal Portion of Carved Walnut Virginal
Cover: Virginal by Giovanni Battista Boni, 1617 Cover: Virginal by Giovanni Battista Boni, 1617
2. Ruckers virginal: Plan view 2. Ruckers virginal: Plan view


  • William Shakespeare
    “Your old virginity is like one of our French withered pears: it looks ill, it eats dryly.”
  • William Blake
    “Every harlot was a virgin once.”
  • David Jenkins
    David Jenkins
    “I wouldn't put it past God to arrange a virgin birth if He wanted, but I very much doubt if He would.”
  • Edward Dahlberg
    “What most men desire is a virgin who is a whore.”
  • Madame de Girardin
    Madame de Girardin
    “Modesty is the chastity of merit, the virginity of noble souls.”
  • Harry F. Banks
    Harry F. Banks
    “Where does virgin wool come from? The sheep that runs the fastest.”


Virgin territory - If something is virgin territory, it hasn't been explored before.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O, Fr.,—L. virgo, virginis.


In literature:

This evening, however, they had hit on a topic almost virgin from the mint.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair
Ye tender virgins, sing Diana; ye boys, sing Apollo with his unshorn hair, and Latona passionately beloved by the supreme Jupiter.
"The Works of Horace" by Horace
Holy Virgin of virgins, pray for us!
"Primitive Christian Worship" by James Endell Tyler
The Virgin's feet were poised on clouds, and beneath them peeped the heads of winged cherubs.
"Abbe Mouret's Transgression La Faute De L'abbe Mouret" by Emile Zola
Pierre sent one of his men for a cane and to the other suggested that he should quench the Virgin's candles.
"Helmet of Navarre" by Bertha Runkle
In Paradise Eve was a virgin.
"Taboo and Genetics" by Melvin Moses Knight, Iva Lowther Peters, and Phyllis Mary Blanchard
From this place I ran close on shore to Cape Virgin Mary, but I found the coast to lie S.S.E.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. 12" by Robert Kerr
Think of the Holy Virgin herself.
"The Woman Thou Gavest Me" by Hall Caine
Holy Virgin, Tod, did you ever see anything so handsome?
"Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall" by Charles Major
The celestial spirits manifested their joy, and a virgin brought forth the saint in Ta-Thsin.
"Ten Great Religions" by James Freeman Clarke

In poetry:

One tender maid she loved him dear,
Of gentle blood the damsel came,
And faultless was her beauteous form,
And spotless was her virgin fame.
"Jemmy Dawson" by Henry Morley
Yes, though the virgin mountain-air
Fresh through these pages blows;
Though to these leaves the glaciers spare
The soul of their mute snows;
"Stanzas In Memory Of The Author Of 'Obermann'" by Matthew Arnold
She looks as though She came to grace
The earth, from world less soiled than this,
Around her head and virgin face
Halo of heavenly holiness.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
One tender maid, she loved him dear;
Of gentle blood the damsel came;
And faultless was her beauteous form,
And spotless was her virgin fame.
"Jemmy Dawson" by William Shenstone
In the convent of Drontheim,
Alone in her chamber
Knelt Astrid the Abbess,
At midnight, adoring,
Beseeching, entreating
The Virgin and Mother.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf XXII. -- The Nun Of Nida" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Virginal purity of pale primroses!
Petal on petal of a sister reposes,
And the shadow of either on either dozes;
Wildwood flowers, we hail you!
"Early April" by Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel

In news:

In 2006, Virgin Mobile USA launched its "Stash" prepaid Visa debit card to appeal to young people.—the online adultery site that put a bounty out on Tim Tebow's virginity yesterday—used its membership data to rank New York City area neighborhoods by the number of affair-seekers per capita.
Virgin Atlantic is among the airlines offering cellphone service.
He's the schlubby co-worker in "40-Year-Old Virgin".
Dia de los Muertos altars at " Fluorescent Virgins".
1 tablespoon plus 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil Salt and Pepper to taste.
Blur made an abrupt musical left turn with its 1997 album, "Blur" (Virgin).
I 'was meant to look like a virgin'.
On Saturday, the Virgin Mobile FreeFest dodged rainy forecasts and generally moved forward on the Merriweather Post Pavilion grounds with the efficiency and grace of a Tony Romo drive, at least for the first three quarters.
5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, more for drizzling.
Virgin Galactic is owned by billionaire Richard Branson's Virgin Group.
Ashton Kutcher is set to travel into outer space with Virgin Galactic , Virgin CEO Richard Branson announced via his blog Monday.
(CBS News) Virgin Airlines CEO, Richard Branson has revolutionized the travel industry but the billionaire entrepreneur already has his sights sets on virgin territory.
The owner of Virgin Airlines also has a company called Virgin Galactic.

In science:

Z (·) is traveling in virgin territory that was not explored prior to time k .
Anchored expansion, percolation and speed
H (within the AFM regime) along the virgin-curve is observed only at 2K (see Fig.4a).
First order transition from ferromagnetism to antiferromagnetism in Ce(Fe$_{0.96}$Al$_{0.04}$)$_2$: a magnetotransport study
On the other hand tunneling spectroscopy and angle resolved photoemission (ARPES) are surface sensitive probes where the focus has been on Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 which cleaves easily in vacuum along the BiO planes normal to the c–direction yielding a high quality virgin surface.
The pseudogap in high-temperature superconductors: an experimental survey
In certain H regime the virgin M-H curve (circle ) is lying outside the enevelope curves.
Interesting magnetic properties of Fe$_{1-x}$Co$_x$Si alloys
Because most of the HOPG samples we have measured in their virgin states show ferromagnetic-like hysteresis loops, which origin is not related to the magnetic impurities , the effects produced by the irradiation are much better identified doing this point-bypoint (at equal (B , T )) difference in ∆m.
Proton-induced magnetic order in carbon: SQUID measurements