shootress

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

shooter +‎ -ess

Noun[edit]

shootress (plural shootresses)

  1. A female shooter; a markswoman; an archeress.
    • 1600, Edward Fairfax, The Jerusalem Delivered of Tasso, XI, xli:
      Her mighty bow Clorinda often drew, / And many a sharp and deadly arrow shot; // And from her bow no steeled shaft there flew, / But that some blood the cursed engine got, // Blood of some valiant knight or man of fame, / For that proud shootress scorned weaker game.

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