groaning-chair love


from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The chair in which a woman formerly sat during labor, or after her confinement to receive congratulations.


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  • It is the "groaning-chair" of Poor Robin's Almanac (1676) and we find it alluded to in Boccaccio, the classical sedile which according to scoffers has formed the papal chair (a curule seat) ever since the days of Pope Joan, when it has been held advisable for one of the Cardinals to ascertain that His Holiness possesses all the instruments of virility.

    Arabian nights. English Anonymous 1855


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