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13th century, in the meaning defined above
Middle English ankeresse, from anker hermit, from Old English ancor, from Old Irish anchara, from Late Latin anachoreta
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“Anchoress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anchoress. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.
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