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  1. A girl or young woman who milked the cows on a farm before milking machines were introduced in the 20th century.

A milkmaid was historically a woman, usually young, who milked cows and supplied milk. She also prepared the dairy products such as cream, butter, and cheese. The term is not a female equivalent of milkman.

In previous centuries, before vaccination became common, milkmaids were sometimes cited as the example of someone with good skin. This was in part due to the fact that their exposure to cowpox gave them immunity to smallpox, so they did not have the "pockmarked" complexion common to smallpox survivors.

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