One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A place where the lodging and care of (typically unwanted) babies or young children is undertaken for profit; specifically one where the care is unsatisfactory, children may be neglected, and mortality rates are high.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Lancet. From baby + farm.
baby farm/ˈbeɪbɪ fɑːm/
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