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shepherdess

[shep-er-dis] /ˈʃɛp ər dɪs/
noun
1.
a girl or woman who herds sheep.
2.
a rural girl.
Origin of shepherdess
1350-1400
First recorded in 1350-1400, shepherdess is from the Middle English word shepherdesse. See shepherd, -ess
Usage note
See -ess.
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n.

late 14c., from shepherd + -ess.

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