a companion and helper.
a spouse.
anything that aids or assists, especially regularly: This calculator is my constant helpmate.

1705–15; help + mate1, by association with helpmeet Unabridged
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helpmate (ˈhɛlpˌmeɪt)
a companion and helper, esp a wife

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Word Origin & History

"companion," 1715, a ghost word, altered from helpmeet, from the Biblical translation of L. adjutorium simile sibi [Gen. ii.18] as "an help meet (i.e. fit) for him" (Heb. 'ezer keneghdo), which was already by 1673 being printed as help-meet and mistaken for one word.
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Example sentences
They need to show employees that the robot sitting alongside them can be more of a helpmate than a threat.
My friend and helpmate obviously never had a hankering for a full-length coyote coat.
Abby held a prominent social position in the community and as a helpmate to her husband.
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