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- n. A scolding or quarrelsome female; a scold.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A scolding or quarrelsome woman; a scold.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A quarrelsome woman; a common scold.
A cure for communis rix & rixatrix, the common scold
After leaving North Carolina, Mrs. Royall sojourned in Washington City, where she engaged in writing vituperative books and edited a "Paul Pry" newspaper, so full of scandal that she was arraigned and convicted of the crime of being a common scold -- "communis rixatrix."