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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bluestocking  \Blue"stock`ing\,  n. 
  1.  A  literary  lady;  a  female  pedant.  [Colloq.] 
 
  Note:  As  explained  in  Boswell's  ``Life  of  Dr  Johnson'',  this 
  term  is  derived  from  the  name  given  to  certain  meetings 
  held  by  ladies,  in  Johnson's  time,  for  conversation 
  with  distinguished  literary  men.  An  eminent  attendant 
  of  these  assemblies  was  a  Mr  Stillingfleet  who  always 
  wore  blue  stockings.  He  was  so  much  distinguished  for 
  his  conversational  powers  that  his  absence  at  any  time 
  was  felt  to  be  a  great  loss  so  that  the  remark  became 
  common,  ``We  can  do  nothing  without  the  blue 
  stockings.''  Hence  these  meetings  were  sportively 
  called  bluestocking  clubs,  and  the  ladies  who  attended 
  them  bluestockings. 
 
  2.  (Zo["o]l.)  The  American  avocet  ({Recurvirostra 
  Americana}). 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  bluestocking 
  n  :  a  woman  having  literary  or  intellectual  interests  [syn:  {bas 
  bleu}] 




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