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  1. archaic A girl, a maiden; a virgin (often with reference to Joan of Arc).
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book VII:
      ‘Be ye a pusell or a wyff?’ ‘Sir,’ she seyde, ‘I am a clene maydyn.’
    • 1976, Robert Nye, Falstaff:
      Seven weeks before, Joan of Arc had ridden into Orleans. She was at the height of her strange career.…‘Maid or Witch, Pucelle or Puzzell – she is very hard to understand.’
  2. obsolete A prostitute, a slut.

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