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Xanthippe was the wife of Socrates. She was famed for her sharp tongue and is said to have been the only person to ever have beaten Socrates in a discussion. Her name now means any nagging scolding person, especially a hen-pecking wife. According to some sources, Socrates later remarried.

The following clerihew was written about her:

Whenever Xanthippe
Wasn't feeling too chippy
She would say to Socrates:
"Why can't you have been Hippocrates?"