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foun·dress

 (foun′drĕs)
n. pl. foun·dress·es
1. A female founder.
2. A fertile female insect who founds a colony.

foundress

(ˈfaʊndrəs)
n
a female founder
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.foundress - a woman founderfoundress - a woman founder      
beginner, founder, founding father, father - a person who founds or establishes some institution; "George Washington is the father of his country"
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The Founders / Foundresses of many religious congregations were educationalists.
For inspiration, O'Murchu turns to those he calls "the great foundresses," exploring their stories and reclaiming a largely subverted history of religious life.
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The award is presented to a staff member who exemplifies the mission, values and practices of the Sisters of Saint Anne, the foundresses of AMC.
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The foundresses usually die inside the syconium after accomplishing total or partial oviposition, but there are reports of re-emergence and pollination of several figs (Moore et al.
Although the majority of houses patronized were those of men, women's houses also had patrons with "female foundresses and co-foundresses among (the patrons') ranks.
Are lone paper wasp foundresses mainly the result of sister mortality?
The foundresses of Britain, as constructed by that country's post-Conquest inhabitants, are becoming better known than they used to be.
In many countries, consecrated persons led the way in establishing new schools in the spirit of their founders and foundresses who saw education as an effective means for the apostolate.