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meanings of mother


  1. A human female who donates a fertilized egg or donates a body cell which has resulted in a clone.
  2. A source or origin.
  3. A striking example.
  4. Any person or entity which performs mothering.
  5. A stringy, mucilaginous or film- or membrane-like substance (consisting of acetobacters) which develops in fermenting alcoholic liquids (such as wine, or cider), and turns the alcohol into acetic acid with the help of oxygen from the air.
  6. A female ancestor.
  7. The female superior or head of a religious house; an abbess, etc.
  8. Motherfucker.
  9. Alternative form of moth-er.
  10. A title of respect for one's mother-in-law.
  11. A (human) female who has given birth to a baby.
  12. Any elderly woman, especially within a particular community.
  13. A female parent of an animal.
  14. Hysterical passion; hysteria; the uterus.
  15. The principal piece of an astrolabe, into which the others are fixed.
  16. A pregnant female, possibly as a shortened form of mother-to-be.
  17. A human female who parents an adopted or fostered child.
  18. Something that is the greatest or most significant of its kind. (See mother of all.).


  1. To develop mother.
  2. To give birth to or produce (as its female parent) a child. (Compare father.).
  3. To treat as a mother would be expected to treat her child; to nurture.
  4. To cause to contain mother (“that substance which develops in fermenting alcohol and turns it into vinegar").


  1. A title given to a nun or a priestess.
  2. One's mother.
  3. One of the triune goddesses of the Lady in Wicca alongside the Crone and Maiden and representing a woman older than a girlish Maiden but younger than an aged Crone.