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Biblical term for "virgin," used in the pre-Christian Greek translation of the Old Testament, referring to the virginal conception of the Messiah (Isaiah 7:14). Also the term used by the Evangelists in speaking of the Blessed Virgin (Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-27). (Etym. Greek parthenos, virgin.)

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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