Daughters
Daughter Daugh"ter, n.; pl. {Daughters}; obs. pl. {Daughtren}. [OE. doughter, doghter, dohter, AS. dohtor, dohter; akin to OS. dohtar, D. dochter, G. tochter, Icel. d[=o]ttir, Sw. dotter, Dan. dotter, datter, Goth. da['u]htar,, OSlav. d[u^]shti, Russ. doche, Lith. dukt[=e], Gr. qyga`thr, Zend. dughdhar, Skr. duhit[.r]; possibly originally, the milker, cf. Skr. duh to milk. [root]68, 245.] 1. The female offspring of the human species; a female child of any age; -- applied also to the lower animals. [1913 Webster]

2. A female descendant; a woman. [1913 Webster]

This woman, being a daughter of Abraham. --Luke xiii. 16. [1913 Webster]

Dinah, the daughter of Leah, which she bare unto Jacob, went out to see the daughter of the land. --Gen. xxxiv. 1. [1913 Webster]

3. A son's wife; a daughter-in-law. [1913 Webster]

And Naomi said, Turn again, my daughters. --Ruth. i. 11. [1913 Webster]

4. A term of address indicating parental interest. [1913 Webster]

Daughter, be of good comfort. --Matt. ix. 22. [1913 Webster]

{Daughter cell} (Biol.), one of the cells formed by cell division. See {Cell division}, under {Division}. [1913 Webster]


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