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Noun: mother  mú-dhu(r)
  1. A woman who has given birth to a child (also used as a term of address to your mother)
    "the mother of three children";
    - female parent, ma [informal], mama [informal], mamma [informal], mom [N. Amer, informal], momma [N. Amer, informal], mommy [N. Amer, informal], mammy [informal], mum [Brit, informal], mummy [informal], mam [UK, informal], supermom [informal]
  2. A stringy slimy substance consisting of yeast cells and bacteria; forms during fermentation and is added to cider or wine to produce vinegar
  3. A term of address for an elderly woman
  4. A term of address for a mother superior
  5. A condition that is the inspiration for an activity or situation
    "necessity is the mother of invention"
  6. An informal use of the Latin word for mother; sometimes used by British schoolboys or used facetiously
    - mater [Brit, informal]
Verb: mother  mú-dhu(r)
  1. Care for like a mother
    "She mothers over her husband";
    - fuss, overprotect
  2. Make (offspring) by reproduction
    "Abraham mothered Isaac";
    - beget [archaic], get, engender, father, sire, generate, bring forth

Derived forms: mothers, mothering, mothered

Type of: abbess, barm, care, create, give care, inspiration, make, mother superior, old woman, parent, prioress, yeast

Antonym: begetter [archaic]

Encyclopedia: Mother, Jugs & Speed