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daugh·ter / ˈdôtər; ˈdä-/ • n. a girl or woman in relation to her parents. ∎  a female offspring of an animal. ∎  a female descendant: the daughters of Adam. ∎  a woman considered as the product of a particular person, influence, or environment: a daughter of the savannas. ∎ archaic used as a term of affectionate address to a woman or girl, typically by an older person. ∎ poetic/lit. a thing personified as a daughter in relation to its origin or source: Italian, the daughter of Latin. ∎  Physics a nuclide formed by the radioactive decay of another. • adj. Biol. originating through division or replication: daughter cells. DERIVATIVES: daugh·ter·hood / -ˌhoŏd/ n. daugh·ter·ly adj. ORIGIN: Old English dohtor, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch dochter and German Tochter, from an Indo-European root shared by Greek thugatēr.

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daughteraorta, daughter, exhorter, exporter, extorter, Horta, importer, mortar, porter, quarter, slaughter, snorter, sorter, sporter, supporter, three-quarter, torte, transporter, underwater, water •altar, alter, assaulter, defaulter, falter, Gibraltar, halter, Malta, palter, psalter, salter, vaulter, Walter •flaunter, haunter, saunter, taunter, vaunter •exhauster, Forster •fraudster • granddaughter •stepdaughter • manslaughter •ripsnorter • pole-vaulter • backwater •headquarter • freshwater •breakwater • rainwater • seawater •dishwater • tidewater • Whitewater •saltwater • rosewater • shearwater •firewater •doubter, grouter, outer, pouter, scouter, shouter, spouter, touter •counter, encounter, mounter •jouster, ouster •revcounter •bloater, boater, Botha, Dakota, doter, emoter, floater, gloater, iota, Kota, Minnesota, motor, promoter, quota, rota, rotor, scoter, voter •bolter, coulter (US colter), Volta •boaster, coaster, poster, roaster, toaster •roadster • oldster •bolster, holster, pollster, soulster, upholster •billposter

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daughter OE. dohtor = OS. dohtar (Du. dochter), OHG. tohter (G. tochter), ON. dóttir, Goth. dauhtar :- Gmc. *doχtēr, earlier *dhuktēr :- IE. *dhughətēr, whence also Skr. duhitár-, Av. duγðar, Gr. thugátēr, Arm. dus̆tr, OSl. dŭs̆ti; of unkn. orig.

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daughter See CLADISTICS; RADIOACTIVE DECAY.