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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

died 1067, Lady of Coventry and wife of Leofric, Earl of Mercia. Her legend is first recorded 100 years after her death, by Roger of Wendover. "Peeping Tom" aspect added by 1659. The name is a typical Anglo-Saxon compound, apparently *God-gifu "good gift."

Godiva (programming language)

Godiva (GOal-DIrected JaVA) is an extension to the Java programming language supporting goal-directed evaluation of expressions.

Godiva (disambiguation)

Godiva or Lady Godiva was an Anglo-Saxon noblewoman who, according to legend, rode naked through the streets of Coventry, in England, in order to gain a remission of the oppressive taxation imposed by her husband on his tenants.

Godiva or Lady Godiva may also refer to:

  • Godiva (band), a Swiss heavy metal band
  • Godiva (comics), the name of three DC Comics characters
  • Lady Godiva (film), a 2008 British romantic comedy film
  • Godiva (gastropod), a genus of nudibranchs (sea slugs)
  • Godiva (poem), a poem by Alfred Tennyson
  • Godiva (programming language), an extension of Java, a programming language
  • "Lady Godiva" (song), a 1966 song by Peter and Gordon, notably covered by Alex Day
  • 3018 Godiva, an asteroid
  • Godiva Chocolatier, a chocolate maker
  • Godiva Festival, an annual festival of pop music held in July in the War Memorial Park, Coventry, England
  • Godiva's, a Canadian television series depicting a small restaurant in Vancouver
  • Godiva device, an experimental nuclear reactor at the Los Alamos National Laboratory that caused a criticality accident in 1954
  • "Godiva", a song by Heaven Shall Burn from the 2013 album Veto
Godiva (poem)

"Godiva" is a poem written in 1840 by the poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson when he was returning from Coventry to London, after his visit to Warwickshire in that year. It was first published in 1842, no alteration was made in any subsequent edition.

The poem is based on the story of the Countess Godiva, an Anglo-Saxon lady who, according to legend, rode naked through the streets of Coventry after her husband promised that he would remit oppressive taxes on his tenants if she agreed to do so.

Godiva (comics)

Godiva is the name of three DC Comics characters. One is a superhero, the others are supervillains.

Godiva (album)

Godiva is the debut album by Godiva, released September 22, 2003. The album is produced by Tom Naumann, who is most famous for his work with Primal Fear.

Godiva (gastropod)

Godiva is a genus of sea slugs, a nudibranch, a shell-less marine gastropod mollusks in the family Facelinidae.

Godiva (band)

Godiva is a heavy metal band from Switzerland, founded in early 2001 as a cover band. By the summer of 2001, the band recorded their first 3-track- demo and, within the next year, Godiva supported bands such as Freedom Call, Shakra, Primal Fear and Dokken. Therefore it is not surprising that already one year after the band's formation Godiva were headlining the Swiss Metal Attack festival in 2002.

The band's first album was simply titled Godiva and was recorded at the House of Music Studio in Winterbach, Baden-Württemberg, Germany under the direction of the producers Tom Naumann and Achim Köhler and released by Limb Music.

The second album, Call Me Under 666, was released in the summer of 2005, with the formation of Sammy Lasagni and Moses B. Fernandez (guitars), Mitch Koontz (bass), Peter Gander (drums) and Fernando Garcia (vocals).

Their third album, Destruction, was released in 2007 on Mausoleum Records and was produced, recorded and mixed by Dennis Ward. Steve Papacharitos replaced Moses Fernandez on second guitar.

Godiva (horse)

Godiva (1937–1940) was a British Thoroughbred racehorse, best known for winning two Classics in 1940. The filly won six times from eight races in a racing career which lasted from 1939 until June 1940. After winning three times as a two-year-old she was unbeaten in 1940, winning the 1000 Guineas over one mile at Newmarket and a wartime substitute Oaks over one and a half miles at the same course a month later. Godiva died within five months of her final race. She has been described as one of the best British racemares of the 20th century.

Usage examples of "godiva".

Nature, a rush of shining black hair, which, shaken loose, would cloud her all round, like Godiva, from brow to instep!

Harriman, and, secondly, he was quite capable of planning a campaign to convince the public that Lady Godiva wore a Caresse-brand girdle during her famous ride or that Hercules attributed his strength to Crunchies for breakfast.

The horses snuffled and snorted, and one whinnied softly, as Chrissie ran past them to the last box on the left, where a dapple-gray mare named Godiva was in residence.

She urged Godiva to turn left, away from the sea, away from the house as well, back along the stables, and out toward the half-mile driveway that led to the county road, where they were more likely to find help.

He sprinted toward her, and he was startlingly quick, but he was no match for Godiva They came to the driveway, and Chrissie kept Godiva on the soft verge, parallel to that hard-surfaced lane.

She knew he would do anything to stop her, that he might even attempt to ram Godiva with the Honda.

Her heart pounded in time with the frantic thumping of hooves, and she felt almost as if she and Godiva were not rider and horse but one being, sharing the same heart and blood and breath.

When they had traversed three-quarters of the field, with the woods looming, Chrissie decided to turn east again when they reached the trees, not straight toward the county road but in that general direction, and Godiva fell.

For a moment she entertained the idea of going back for Godiva or another horse.

His Nataly might have to go through a short sharp term of scorching-- Godiva to the gossips.

When the check came, Marat peeled three one-hundred-dollar bills from his money clip and placed them on the small silver tray that the waiter had brought bearing the check and a pair of Godiva chocolates.