milkmaid

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

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Recent Examples on the Web The vibe is part Austrian milkmaid, part Jackie O. Just add sunglasses. Talia Abbas, Glamour, "The 18 Best Silk Scarves for Women to Shop Now," 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, "COVID-19 May Permanently Shutter Museum Devoted to Vaccination Pioneer," 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, "Thousands of people want to be exposed to Covid-19 for science," 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, "CREATE A FREE NAT GEO ACCOUNT TO CONTINUE READING," 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, "Thousands of people want to be exposed to Covid-19 for science," 13 May 2020 It was inspired in the 1800s by the observation that milkmaids did not develop tuberculosis. Roni Caryn Rabin, New York Times, "Can an Old Vaccine Stop the New Coronavirus?," 3 Apr. 2020 At the Moschino runway show in June, Rowan took an edgier approach to milkmaid dressing, wearing a two-piece rococo-print fit with platform heels. Teen Vogue, "From Kylie Jenner to Rowan Blanchard, Milkmaid Fashion Is the New Trend We Can't Get Enough Of," 16 Aug. 2019 Kylie isn’t the first star to partake in the milkmaid look. Teen Vogue, "From Kylie Jenner to Rowan Blanchard, Milkmaid Fashion Is the New Trend We Can't Get Enough Of," 16 Aug. 2019

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1552, in the meaning defined above

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“Milkmaid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/milkmaid. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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