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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Washerwoman \Wash"er*wom`an\, n.; pl. Washerwomen. [1913 Webster] 1. A woman who washes clothes, especially for hire, or for others. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zool.) The pied wagtail; -- so called in allusion to its beating the water with its tail while tripping along the leaves of water plants. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster]