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Oysterwench

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Óysterwench.
Óysterwoman.
n.s. [oyster and wench, or woman.] A woman whose business is to sell oysters. Proverbially. A low woman.

Off goes his bonnet to an oysterwench. Shakesp.

The oysterwomen lock'd their fish up,
And trudg'd away to cry no bishop.
Hudibras.

Sources: Butler, Samuel (98) · Shakespeare's Richard II (40)

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