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 Vesta,Veto (Monsieur and Madame). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Vestal Virgin.
 
A nun, a religieuse, properly a maiden dedicated to the service of the goddess Vesta. The duty of these virgins was to keep the fire of the temple always burning, both day and night. Thèy were required to be of spotless chastity. (See IMMURING.)   1
 


 Vesta,Veto (Monsieur and Madame). 

 
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