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abigail

abigail archaic term for a lady's maid. The term comes in the 17th century from the name of the ‘waiting gentlewoman’ in Beaumont and Fletcher's play of The Scornful Lady; so named possibly in biblical allusion to the expression ‘thine handmaid’ frequently applied to herself by Abigail, future wife of King David (1 Samuel 25:24–31).

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Abigail

Abigail (ăb´əgāl), in the Bible. 1 The wife of Nabal. She persuaded David not to take vengeance on her husband. When Nabal died, she married David. 2 David's stepsister, mother of Amasa.

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Abigail

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