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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A woman who suckles another woman's child.
  • n. One who treats another with excessive care or solicitude.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A woman hired to suckle another woman's child.
  • n. Someone who treats someone else with excessive care.
  • v. To act as a wet nurse (in either sense.)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A nurse who suckles a child, especially the child of another woman. Cf. dry nurse.
  • n. See Wet nurse, and Dry nurse, in the Vocabulary.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To act as a wet-nurse to; suckle.
  • Hence To coddle as a wet-nurse does: treat with the tenderness shown to an infant.
  • n. A woman employed to suckle the infant of another.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a woman hired to suckle a child of someone else
  • n. a woman hired to suckle a child of someone else
  • v. give suck to
  • n. a woman hired to suckle a child of someone else

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