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 Felo de Se.Feme-sole. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A married woman. This does not mean a woman coverte by her husband, but a woman whose head is covered, not usual with maidens or unmarried women. In Rome unmarried women wore on their heads only a corolla (i.e. a wreath of flowers). In Greece they wore an anadma, or fillet. The Hungarian spinster is called hajadon (bareheaded). Married women, as a general rule, have always covered their head with a cap, turban, or something of the same sort, the head being covered as a badge of subjection. Hence Rebekah (Gen. xxiv. 65), being told that the man she saw was her espoused husband, took a veil and covered her head. Servants wear caps, and private soldiers in the presence of their officers cover their heads for the same reason. (See Eph. v. 22, 23.)   1
   Women do not, like men, uncover their heads even in saluting, but bend their knee, in token of subjection. (See SALUTATIONS.)   2

 Felo de Se.Feme-sole. 


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