A harsh-tempered or overbearing woman.
I love the etymology of this word: Taken to be from Latin tri- three + vagant- wandering, and to refer to the moon ‘wandering’ between heaven, earth, and hell under the three names Selene, Artemis, and Persephone..
“Order was restored after the removal of the the shrieking termagant from the court.”
“He would do anything to avoid her termagant mother.”
Introductory study, especially of the literary and external history of the Bible prior to exegesis.
Mid 19th century: plural of isagogic, via Latin from Greek eisagōgikos, from eisagōgē ‘introduction’, from eis ‘into’ + agein ‘to lead’.