Definition of Dry nurse

1. Noun. A nurse who cares for but does not suckle an infant.

Generic synonyms: Nanny, Nurse, Nursemaid

Definition of Dry nurse

1. Noun. A nurse who attends and feeds a child by hand, distinguished from a wet nurse, who suckles it. ¹

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Medical Definition of Dry nurse

1. A woman who cares for newborn infants without breast feeding them, as opposed to a wet nurse. (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Dry Nurse

dry labour
dry lake
dry lakes
dry land
dry leprosy
dry martini
dry martinis
dry masonry
dry measure
dry measures
dry milk
dry mop
dry mouth
dry mustard
dry needling
dry nurse (current term)
dry nurses
dry objective
dry off
dry one's eyes
dry out
dry pack
dry pericarditis
dry pint
dry pleurisy
dry point
dry powder
dry powder inhaler
dry quart
dry rale

Literary usage of Dry nurse

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Monthly Review (1844)
"... that finds utterance in language of force and fluency. ART. XXVI.—Monomania. By dry nurse. THE evidence of the medical witnesses on ..."

2. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Courts of Exchequer by Great Britain Court of Exchequer, Charles John Crompton, John Jervis, Great Britain Court of Exchequer Chamber (1832)
"Let it also be remembered, that, if what I have mentioned be the rule, and the farmer chooses, as he may, to dry nurse the other nine, the parson has this ..."

3. A biographical dictionary of eminent Scotsmen by Robert Chambers, Thomas Thomson (1854)
"This, however, he teem» to have done literally, and as is gathered from passages in his own works, much in the character of a dry nurse. ..."

4. Ireland from the Restoration to the Revolution, 1660-1690 by John Patrick Prendergast (1887)
"... Commissioners of the Court of Claims.1 Henry's only son, John Whaley, married Susanna, daughter (as appears by her Petition) of the principal dry nurse ..."

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