Unexpected reading: 女衒


I’ve just learned the word for pimp, 女衒.
The characters make sense, but the reading is ぜげん :durtle_megane:

Does anybody know the origin of this word?
Or has anyone come across 女 read as ぜ in other words?

gracias :]

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Found this one… 瞽女ごぜ - blind female beggar who sings or plays shamisen


feel like i’ve seen this term ( 瞽女) used once before, Lone Wolf and Cub maybe? not sure offhand