variants or girl child
plural girl-children or girl children
: a young female child
On the summer evening – Tom Hard took the girl child to the house of a relative where she had been invited to spend the night.Sherwood Anderson, Winesburg, Ohio, 1919
But then I … look at the sleeping girl-child in my arms, her small hand curled around one of my fingers …W. P. Kinsella, Shoeless Joe, 1982

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1755, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of girl-child was circa 1755

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“Girl-child.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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