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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