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 for Dry nurse
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Nurse \Nurse\ (n[^u]rs), n. [OE. nourse, nurice, norice, OF.
     nurrice, norrice, nourrice, F. nourrice, fr. L. nutricia
     nurse, prop., fem. of nutricius that nourishes; akin to
     nutrix, -icis, nurse, fr. nutrire to nourish. See Nourish,
     and cf. Nutritious.]
     1. One who nourishes; a person who supplies food, tends, or
        brings up; as:
        (a) A woman who has the care of young children;
            especially, one who suckles an infant not her own.
        (b) A person, especially a woman, who has the care of the
            sick or infirm.
            [1913 Webster]
     2. One who, or that which, brings up, rears, causes to grow,
        trains, fosters, or the like.
        [1913 Webster]
              The nurse of manly sentiment and heroic enterprise.
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     3. (Naut.) A lieutenant or first officer, who is the real
        commander when the captain is unfit for his place.
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     4. (Zool.)
        (a) A peculiar larva of certain trematodes which produces
            cercariae by asexual reproduction. See Cercaria, and
        (b) Either one of the nurse sharks.
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     Nurse shark. (Zool.)
        (a) A large arctic shark ({Somniosus microcephalus),
            having small teeth and feeble jaws; -- called also
            sleeper shark, and ground shark.
        (b) A large shark ({Ginglymostoma cirratum), native of
            the West Indies and Gulf of Mexico, having the dorsal
            fins situated behind the ventral fins.
     To put to nurse, or To put out to nurse, to send away to
        be nursed; to place in the care of a nurse.
     Wet nurse, Dry nurse. See Wet nurse, and Dry nurse,
        in the Vocabulary.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dry nurse \Dry" nurse`\
     A nurse who attends and feeds a child by hand; -- in
     distinction from a wet nurse, who suckles it.
     [1913 Webster] Drynurse

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  dry nurse
      n 1: a nurse who cares for but does not suckle an infant

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  35 Moby Thesaurus words for "dry nurse":
     aliment, amah, ayah, breast-feed, care for, cherish, coddle,
     cosset, cradle, cultivate, fatten, fatten up, feed, fondle,
     force-feed, foster, lactate, lavish care on, mammy, mother, nanny,
     nourish, nurse, nursemaid, nurserymaid, nurture, nutrify, pamper,
     sitter, spoon-feed, stuff, suckle, sustain, wet nurse, wet-nurse

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