Dutch wife

noun

Definition of Dutch wife

: a long round bolster or an open frame of rattan or cane used in beds in tropical countries as a rest for the limbs and an aid in keeping cool

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First Known Use of Dutch wife

1838, in the meaning defined above

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“Dutch wife.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Dutch%20wife. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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