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handmaiden

noun [C] uk   /ˈhændˌmeɪ.dən/ us  
( also handmaid) old use a female servant formal something, such as an idea, that helps and supports something else: Technique is the handmaiden of art.
Translations of “handmaiden”
in Chinese (Traditional) 女僕, 侍女, 起輔助(或支援)作用的事物…
in Chinese (Simplified) 女仆, 侍女, 起辅助(或支持)作用的事物…
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