Definitions starting with W

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wise woman

[OED a woman skilled in magic, now dial, or arch.; Scots a witch or herbalist CSD; cf. also Haitian fanm-say, Fr. sage-femme idem TDKF] n, a woman skilled in medicinal herbs: 1917 The unclean, long nails of the "wise woman" looked anything but hygienic (Defries 82). (In­agua, San Sal.)

Tags: bush medicine, noun, Obeah

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Last update: 2011-10-31 03:54
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.1

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