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anchoress

[ang-ker-is] /ˈæŋ kər ɪs/
noun
1.
a woman who is an anchorite.
Origin
late Middle English
1350-1400
1350-1400; late Middle English anchoryse, Middle English ankres, equivalent to ancre anchorite + -es -ess
Usage note
See -ess.
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Word Origin and History for anchoress
n.

"female recluse, nun," late 14c.; see anchorite + -ess.

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