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straw², straw-bed

[cf. Scots straw a confinement, bed a woman's confinement CSD] n. 1. a mattress of swamp grass on which a woman bears a child. (Gen.)

2. confinement for childbirth: 1832 Mary attending Mary Ann in the straw [4 April] … Mary Ann in the house with her young child [16 April] (Farquharson 61,63). (Gen.)

come out of (the) straw or strawbed phr. to complete the delivery of a child: 1978 Stopper bush. . . used as a sponge bath for women "after they come out of strawbed" (Higgs 15). Fowlfoot soapberry . . . used to bathe women when they "come out of straw"(ibid 19). (Black)

Tags: noun, phrase, straw work

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Last update: 2011-10-31 18:33
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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