From Sinitic 處女. /syodyo/ > /syozyo/
Originally referred in Japanese to a woman in a house ([家に]処 (い)る女), more specifically to an unmarried woman.
処女 (hiragana しょじょ, romaji shojo, historical hiragana しょぢょ)
- a virgin, a maiden, an unmarried woman
- for the first time; maiden (voyage, publication etc)
Last modified on 25 January 2013, at 03:04