foundling hospital

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Noun1.Foundling hospital - a hospital where foundlings (infant children of unknown parents) are taken in and cared forfoundling hospital - a hospital where foundlings (infant children of unknown parents) are taken in and cared for
hospital, infirmary - a health facility where patients receive treatment
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exclaimed Agnes; "those poor nurses yonder in the foundling asylum, which forms the lower end of the lane as you go to the river, just beside Monseigneur the bishop
The man carried me to the foundling asylum, where I was registered under the number 37.
His confederate and chief lieutenant, Paulvitch, true to the long years of teaching of his wily master, had at last succumbed to the treachery and greed that had always marked his superior, and, lured by the thoughts of the immense ransom that he might win by returning the child unharmed, had divulged the secret of its parentage to the woman who maintained the foundling asylum.