from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A nurse; a cherisher or sustainer.
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- noun a nurse who raises another woman's child as her own
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It is the doctrine of original sin, of the congenital depravity of man's nature, which blocks the way to the reform of education, -- blocks the way to it by compelling education to become the destroying angel instead of the foster-nurse of the child's expanding life.
When Green Colin assassinated the laird and his household, the infant Donald was saved by his foster-nurse, and afterwards brought up by her husband, a blacksmith.
There is means, madam: Our foster-nurse of nature is repose, the which he lacks; that to provoke in him are many simples operative, whose power will close
"Florence, as _foster-nurse_, has cherished for the world the art-treasures of early centuries in Italy, so that there is no other city on earth in which we can learn so much of the 'revival of art,' as it is called, which took place after the barrenness of the
With them was an old servant, who was the husband of the young man’s foster-nurse.