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granny

n. 1. [also US Black (Walker 1956:164), US dial. South ADD; cf. Scots granny an old woman CSD] a midwife: 1966 (Otterbein 66). (Gen.)

2.    [cf. GRANNY-CHILD; Cf. Réunion Cr. Fr. gró mamã grandmère; grò me:r sage-femme; les en­fants qu'ellé a aide à mettre au monde la saluent de ce nom (Chaudenson 1974:100)] term of address used by a child to the midwife who aided in his birth. (Black)

3.    [cf. US Black granny conjurer (Dillard 1977: 119); the midwife and the local healer were often the same person] a medicine woman: 1917 If you drop a heavy weight on your foot. . ,send for "granny"(Defries 83). (Black.)

Tags: bush medicine, noun, term of address

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Last update: 2011-11-01 02:18
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.2

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