milk·​maid | \ ˈmilk-ˌmād How to pronounce milkmaid (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web Based on the large vessel at her feet, scholars have concluded that the portrait’s subject was likely a servant or milkmaid. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Nov. 2021 Jenner experimented with the cowpox virus, using material from a pox on a milkmaid who had acquired the disease to infect the eight-year-old son of his gardener. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 June 2021 The vibe is part Austrian milkmaid, part Jackie O. Just add sunglasses. Talia Abbas, Glamour, 5 Oct. 2020 The story goes that when Sarah Nelmes, a milkmaid who worked for Jenner, reportedly contracted cowpox, Jenner took puss from blisters and scratched it onto the arm of an 8-year-old boy named James Phipps, the son of Jenner’s gardener. Susan Cosier, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 May 2020 The vaccine was developed in the late 18th century by physician Edward Jenner, who aimed to put a piece of folklore to the test: that milkmaids seemed to contract a milder form of the disease, called cowpox. Robert Kuznia, CNN, 13 May 2020 At the end of the 18th century, British physician Edward Jenner noticed that milkmaids who had suffered a mild disease called cowpox often seemed to be untouched by another much worse one—smallpox. National Geographic, 19 May 2020 In an experiment that today would warrant steep criminal charges, Jenner took pus from the scab of a milkmaid and inserted it into an incision on the arm of an 8-year-old boy. Robert Kuznia, CNN, 13 May 2020 It was inspired in the 1800s by the observation that milkmaids did not develop tuberculosis. Roni Caryn Rabin, New York Times, 3 Apr. 2020

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1552, in the meaning defined above

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