Magneuse

(French). An anonyma or fille de joie; so called from the nunery founded at Rheims in 1654, by Jeanne Canart, daughter of Nicolas Colbert, seigneur de Magneux. The word is sometimes jocosely perverted into Magni-magno.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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