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broadwife

[ brawd-wahyf ]
/ ˈbrɔdˌwaɪf /
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noun, plural broad·wives.U.S. History.
an enslaved woman whose husband was enslaved on a different plantation.
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Origin of broadwife

First recorded in 1855–60; shortening of abroad + wife
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