Rare elaboration of Clara, formed with the suffix -inda (as in Belinda and Lucinda). Clarinda first appears in Spenser's Faerie Queene (1596). The formation was influenced by Clorinda, which occurs in Torquato Tasso's Gerusalemme Liberata (1580). This is itself an arbitrary elaboration of Chloris. Robert Burns (1759–96) wrote four poems To Clarinda.