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wet nurse

noun
1.
a woman hired to suckle another's infant.
Origin
1610-1620
1610-20

wet-nurse

[wet-nurs] /ˈwɛtˌnɜrs/
verb (used with object), wet-nursed, wet-nursing.
1.
to act as a wet nurse to (an infant).
2.
to give excessive care or attention to; treat as if helpless:
The warden is accused of wet-nursing his prisoners.
Origin
1775-85
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British Dictionary definitions for wet-nurse

wet nurse

noun
1.
a woman hired to suckle the child of another
verb (transitive)
2.
to act as a wet nurse to (a child)
3.
(informal) to attend with great devotion
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wet-nurse in Medicine

wet nurse n.
A woman employed to breast-feed a child that is not her own.

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