Alternatively named Anchevache, and during the 16th century also known as Thingut.
The Chichevache is a fabulous monster that subsists by eating virtuous or ill-treated women. This sad animal is very undernourished. It is thus the opposite of the Bicorn.
A female monster in the legends and folklore of medieval Europe whose name means 'Scrawny Cow', the Chichevache was depicted as an emaciated cow with human face and a miserable expression. It was said to live on a diet of 'hen-pecked' and obedient wives. In the chauvinist way of thinking of the period, such diet was assumed to have provided very little silage for the beast, which would sicken to death for lack of nourishment.
The Chichevache was documented in this spelling by the medieval author and diplomat Geoffrey Chaucer (1345 - 1400) in his 'Clerk's Tale' from the Canterbury Tales, where the author changed it from the French name Chichifache, meaning 'Thin Face' or 'Ugly Face'. Her overindulged counterpart, the Bicorn, fed only on 'hen-pecked' husbands! The Chichevache and the Bicorn were often portrayed in the church furniture of the period, especially on the misericords.
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Sources: (1) Rose, Carol, Giants, Monsters, and Dragons: An Encyclopedia of Folklore, Legend, and Myth, W. W. Norton & Company; (2) Dictionary of the Occult, Caxton Publishing; (3) Chaucer, Geoffrey, Clerk's Tale, Longman.
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