[ben-uh-fak-tris, ben-uh-fak-]
a woman who confers a benefit, bequest, endowment, or the like.

1425–75; late Middle English benefactrice; see benefactor, -ess

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benefactor (ˈbɛnɪˌfæktə, ˌbɛnɪˈfæk-)
a person who supports or helps a person, institution, etc, esp by giving money; patron
fem n

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Her benefactress next shoved a plump, glossy fig into the little mouth.
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