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foundress

[foun-dris] /ˈfaʊn drɪs/
noun
1.
a woman who establishes something, as an institution or religious order; founder.
Origin of foundress
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English founderesse; see founder1, -ess
Usage note
See -ess.
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