Definitions for wet nurse
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wet nurse, wet-nurse, wetnurse, amah(verb)
a woman hired to suckle a child of someone else
breastfeed, suckle, suck, nurse, wet-nurse, lactate, give suck(verb)
give suck to
"The wetnurse suckled the infant"; "You cannot nurse your baby in public in some places"
A woman hired to suckle another woman's child.
Someone who treats someone else with excessive care.
To act as a wet nurse (in either sense.)
a nurse who suckles a child, especially the child of another woman. Cf. Dry nurse
A wet nurse is a woman who breast feeds and cares for another's child. Wet nurses are employed when the mother is unable or chooses not to nurse the child herself. Wet-nursed children may be known as "milk-siblings", and in some cultures the families are linked by a special relationship of milk kinship. Mothers who nurse each other's babies are engaging in a reciprocal act known as cross-nursing or co-nursing.
Translations for wet nurse
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- кърма́чка, до́йкаBulgarian
- didaCatalan, Valencian
- бабаOld Church Slavonic, Church Slavonic, Old Bulgarian
- Säugamme, AmmeGerman
- παραμάνα, τροφόςGreek
- consentidor, nodriza, consentidoraSpanish
- ստնտու, ծծմայրArmenian
- до́јница, до́илкаMacedonian
- ibu susuanMalay
- min, zoogmoederDutch
- ня́ня, корми́лица, ня́нька, ма́мкаRussian
- до̀јӣља, dòjīljaSerbo-Croatian
- kojná, dojkaSlovak
- ня́ня, годівни́ця, годува́льниця, ня́нька, ма́мкаUkrainian
- miligamot, jisügan, sügan, hisügan, miligafatVolapük
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