wet nurse, foster-mother DN.ii.19; MN.i.395 MN.ii.97; Ja.i.57; Ja.iii.391; Pv-a.16, Pv-a.176. In compounds dhāti˚; viz. -cela swaddling cloth, baby’s napkin SN.i.205; Ja.iii.309.
Sk. dhātrī = Gr. τιχήνη wet nurse, to dhayati suck, suckle; Idg. *dhēi as in Gr. χ ̈ησχαι to milk, χ ̈ηλυς feeding χηλή female breast; cp. Lat. felare, femina (“giving suck”), filius (“suckling”); Old Irish dīnu lamb; Goth daddjan; Old High German tila breast ‣See also dadhi, dhītā dhenu