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helpmate

[help-meyt] /ˈhɛlpˌmeɪt/
noun
1.
a companion and helper.
2.
a spouse.
3.
anything that aids or assists, especially regularly:
This calculator is my constant helpmate.
Origin
1705-1715
1705-15; help + mate1, by association with helpmeet
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British Dictionary definitions for help-mate

helpmate

/ˈhɛlpˌmeɪt/
noun
1.
a companion and helper, esp a wife
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Word Origin and History for help-mate

helpmate

n.

"companion," 1715, altered from helpmeet, a ghost word, from the Biblical translation of Latin adjutorium simile sibi [Gen. ii:18] as "an help meet (i.e. fit) for him" (Hebrew 'ezer keneghdo), which already by 1673 was being printed as help-meet and mistaken for one word.

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