stepdame

stepdame

(ˈstɛpˌdeɪm)
n
an archaic word for stepmother
[C14: from step- + dame (in the archaic sense: mother; see dam2)]
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But since this our last old stepdame is weak and her life-day is waning, Come let us bid her God-speed, or ever she goes on her way, Clasping the claw that hath torn us: and utter no curse or complaining, For we,--we are pitiless too, we have done worse deeds in our day.
nor that sweet Grove Of Daphne by Orontes, and th'inspir'd Castalian Spring, might with this Paradise Of Eden strive; nor that Nyseian Ile Girt with the River Triton, where old Cham, Whom Gentiles Ammon call and Lybian Jove, Hid Amalthea and her Florid Son Young Bacchus from his Stepdame Rhea's eye; Nor where Abassin Kings thir issue Guard, Mount Amara, though this by som suppos'd True Paradise under the Ethiop Line.
When they've said, 'as false As air, as water, wind or sandy earth, As fox to lamb, as wolf to heifer's calf, Pard to the hind, or stepdame to her son'.