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  • n. Plural form of dry-nurse.


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  • Father Eustace played the same part in the Monastery as the old general who, in foreign armies, is placed at the elbow of the Prince of the Blood, who nominally commands in chief, on condition of attempting nothing without the advice of his dry-nurse; and he shared the fate of all such dry-nurses, being heartily disliked as well as feared by his principal.

    The Monastery

  • "A United States cutter isn't sent out to collect menageries accompanied by dry-nurses," stated the commander.

    The Skipper and the Skipped Being the Shore Log of Cap'n Aaron Sproul

  • Aboulhusn, and the wet-nurses suckled him and the dry-nurses dandled him and the slaves and servants carried him, till he grew up and throve and learnt the sublime Koran and the ordinances of Islam and the things of the True Faith.

    The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night, Volume IV

  • Two countrywomen, with surly, brutish, dirty faces, two "dry-nurses," who well deserved their name, were sitting on mats with their nurslings in their arms, each having a large goat before her, with legs apart and distended udders.

    The Nabob, Volume 1 (of 2)

  • Two peasant women, hard and brutalized in appearance, with dirty faces, two "dry-nurses," who well deserve the name, are seated on mats, each with an infant in her arms and a big nanny-goat in front of her, offering its udder with legs parted.

    The Nabob

  • This tall Mme. Polge is funereal in her green dress, the ideal of dry-nurses.

    The Nabob

  • They are the nurses of the line, and dry-nurses are of no use to locomotives.

    The Adventures of a Special Correspondent

  • When her days and months of pregnancy were sped, she was delivered of a girl-babe as the moon, whom they committed to wet-nurses and dry-nurses, and when she had reached her tenth year, they set over her duennas who taught her

    Arabian nights. English

  • The regular force of wet-nurses employed is about six hundred, besides which there are numerous dry-nurses and teachers for the older children.

    The Land of Thor

  • On the seventh night after the boy’s birth, he named him Abu al-Husn,282 and the wet-nurses suckled him and the dry-nurses dandled him and the servants and the slaves carried him and handled him, till he shot up and grew tall and throve greatly and learnt the Sublime Koran and the ordinances of Al – Islam and the Canons of the True Faith; and calligraphy and poetry and mathematics and archery.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night


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