From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Washerwoman \Wash"er*wom`an\, n.; pl. Washerwomen.
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   1. A woman who washes clothes, especially for hire, or for
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   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.]
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