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 for mother
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mauther \Mau"ther\ (m[add]"[th][~e]r), n. [Cf. AS. maeg[thorn] a
     maid.] [Also spelled mawther, mother.]
     A girl; esp., a great, awkward girl; a wench. [Prov. Eng.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mother \Moth"er\ (m[u^][th]"[~e]r), n. [OE. moder, AS. m[=o]dor;
     akin to D. moeder, OS. m[=o]dar, G. mutter, OHG. muotar,
     Icel. m[=o][eth]ir, Dan. & Sw. moder, OSlav. mati, Russ.
     mate, Ir. & Gael. mathair, L. mater, Gr. mh`thr, Skr.
     m[=a]t[.r]; cf. Skr. m[=a] to measure. [root]268. Cf.
     Material, Matrix, Metropolis, Father.]
     1. A female parent; especially, one of the human race; a
        woman who has borne a child.
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     2. That which has produced or nurtured anything; source of
        birth or origin; generatrix.
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              Alas! poor country! . . . it can not
              Be called our mother, but our grave.  --Shak.
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              I behold . . . the solitary majesty of Crete, mother
              of a religion, it is said, that lived two thousand
              years.                                --Landor.
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     3. An old woman or matron. [Familiar]
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     4. The female superior or head of a religious house, as an
        abbess, etc.
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     5. Hysterical passion; hysteria. [Obs.] --Shak.
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     Mother Carey's chicken (Zool.), any one of several species
        of small petrels, as the stormy petrel ({Procellaria
        pelagica), and Leach's petrel ({Oceanodroma leucorhoa}),
        both of the Atlantic, and Oceanodroma furcata of the
        North Pacific.
  
     Mother Carey's goose (Zool.), the giant fulmar of the
        Pacific. See Fulmar.
  
     Mother's mark (Med.), a congenital mark upon the body; a
        birthmark; a naevus.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mother \Moth"er\, a.
     Received by birth or from ancestors; native, natural; as,
     mother language; also acting the part, or having the place of
     a mother; producing others; originating.
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           It is the mother falsehood from which all idolatry is
           derived.                                 --T. Arnold.
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     Mother cell (Biol.), a cell which, by endogenous divisions,
        gives rise to other cells (daughter cells); a parent cell.
        
  
     Mother church, the original church; a church from which
        other churches have sprung; as, the mother church of a
        diocese.
  
     Mother country, the country of one's parents or ancestors;
        the country from which the people of a colony derive their
        origin.
  
     Mother liquor (Chem.), the impure or complex residual
        solution which remains after the salts readily or
        regularly crystallizing have been removed.
  
     Mother queen, the mother of a reigning sovereign; a queen
        mother.
  
     Mother tongue.
     (a) A language from which another language has had its
         origin.
     (b) The language of one's native land; native tongue.
  
     Mother water. See Mother liquor (above).
  
     Mother wit, natural or native wit or intelligence.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mother \Moth"er\, n. [Akin to D. modder mud, G. moder mold, mud,
     Dan. mudder mud, and to E. mud. See Mud.]
     A film or membrane which is developed on the surface of
     fermented alcoholic liquids, such as vinegar, wine, etc., and
     acts as a means of conveying the oxygen of the air to the
     alcohol and other combustible principles of the liquid, thus
     leading to their oxidation.
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     Note: The film is composed of a mass of rapidly developing
           microorganisms of the genus Mycoderma, and in the
           mother of vinegar the microorganisms ({Mycoderma
           aceti) composing the film are the active agents in the
           Conversion of the alcohol into vinegar. When thickened
           by growth, the film may settle to the bottom of the
           fluid. See Acetous fermentation, under
           Fermentation.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mother \Moth"er\, v. i.
     To become like, or full of, mother, or thick matter, as
     vinegar.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  mother \moth"er\ (m[u^][th]"[~e]r), n. [Shortened from
     motherfucker as a euphemism.]
     1. Same as motherfucker. [Vulgar slang]
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     2. A person or thing with some exceptional quality, as great
        size or power; as, a grizzly stuck his nose in my tent and
        I grabbed my pistol and shot the mother. [Slang]
        [PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mother \Moth"er\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Mothered; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Mothering.]
     To adopt as a son or daughter; to perform the duties of a
     mother to.
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           The queen, to have put lady Elizabeth besides the
           crown, would have mothered another body's child.
                                                    --Howell.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  mother
      n 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"
           [syn: mother, female parent] [ant: begetter,
           father, male parent]
      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"
      v 1: care for like a mother; "She fusses over her husband" [syn:
           mother, fuss, overprotect]
      2: make children; "Abraham begot Isaac"; "Men often father
         children but don't recognize them" [syn: beget, get,
         engender, father, mother, sire, generate, bring
         forth]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  233 Moby Thesaurus words for "mother":
     SOB, agent, ancestorial, ancestors, ancestral, apprentice,
     architect, artificer, artist, attend to, aunt, auntie, author,
     baby, baby-sit, bastard, bear, beget, begetter, beginner, birth,
     blood brother, breed, breed true, brethren, bring to birth,
     brother, bub, bubba, bud, buddy, bugger, builder, care for,
     catalyst, causer, chaperon, cherish, coddle, conceiver, conserve,
     constructor, copulate, cosset, country cousin, cousin,
     cousin once removed, cousin twice removed, cradle, craftsman,
     creator, creep, crossbreed, cultivate, dam, daughter, designer,
     deviser, discoverer, dry-nurse, effector, engender, engenderer,
     engineer, executor, executrix, fart, father, fatherlike, fatherly,
     feed, first cousin, fondle, foster, foster brother, foster mother,
     founder, frater, generate, generator, genesis, genetrix, get,
     give birth to, grandfatherly, grandmotherly, grandnephew,
     grandniece, grandparental, granduncle, great-aunt, great-uncle,
     grower, half brother, heel, hood, hooligan, inaugurator, inbreed,
     indulge, industrialist, initiator, innate, inspirer, instigator,
     institutor, introducer, inventor, jerk, journeyman,
     keep watch over, kid brother, lavish care on, look after,
     look out for, look to, louse, ma, make love, maker, mam, mama,
     mamma, mammy, manufacturer, master, master craftsman, mater,
     materfamilias, maternal, maternal ancestor, matriarch, matronize,
     maw, meanie, mind, minister to, mom, mommy, motherlike, motherly,
     mover, multiply, mum, mummy, native, natural, nephew, niece,
     nourish, nuncle, nunks, nunky, nurse, nurture, nurturer, old,
     old lady, old woman, organizer, origin, originator, outbreed,
     pamper, parent, parental, past master, paternal, patriarchal, pill,
     planner, precursor, preserve, prime mover, primum mobile,
     procreate, producer, progenitrix, proliferate, propagate, protect,
     protege, provide for, raiser, rat, realizer, reproduce in kind,
     ride herd on, second cousin, see after, see to, serve, shaper,
     shelter, shepherd, shit, shithead, shitheel, sire, sis, sissy,
     sister, sister-german, sistern, smith, son, source, spoil,
     spoon-feed, stepbrother, stepmother, stepsister, stinkard, stinker,
     suckle, support, sustain, take care of, take charge of, tend,
     the old woman, turd, unc, uncle, uncs, uterine brother, wait on,
     watch, watch out for, watch over, wellspring, wet-nurse, wright
  
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  parent
  mother
  predecessor
  
      The ancestor node in a tree that
     points to the current node (one of its child nodes).
  
     (2005-09-15)
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  MOTHER, domestic relations. A woman who has borne a child. 
       2. It is generally the duty of a mother to support her child, when she 
  is left a widow, until he becomes of age, or is able to maintain himself; 8 
  Watts, R. 366; and even after he becomes of age, if he be chargeable to the 
  public, she may, perhaps, in all the states, be compelled, when she has 
  sufficient means, to support him. But when the child has property sufficient 
  for his support, she is not, even during his minority, obliged to maintain 
  him. 1 Bro. C. C. 387; 2 Mass. R. 415; 4 Miss. R. 97. 
       3. When the father dies without leaving a testamentary guardian, at 
  common law, the mother is entitled to be the guardian of the person and 
  estate of the infant, until he arrives at fourteen years, when he is able to 
  choose a guardian. Litt. sect. 123; 3 Co. 38; Co. Litt. 84 b; 2 Atk. 14; Com 
  Dig. B, D, E; 7 Ves. 348. See 10 Mass. 135, 140; 15 Mass. 272; 4 Binn. 487; 
  4 Stew. & Part. 123; 2 Mass. 415; Harper, R. 9; 1 Root, R. 487. 
       4. In Pennsylvania, the orphans' court will, in such case, appoint a 
  guardian until the infant shall attain his fourteenth year. During the joint 
  lives of the parents, (q.v.) the father (q.v.) is alone responsible for 
  the support of the children; and has the only control over them, except when 
  in special cases the mother is allowed to have possession of them. 1 P. A. 
  Browne's Rep. 143; 5 Binn. R. 520; 2 Serg. & Rawle 174. Vide 4 Binn. R. 492, 
  494. 
       5. The mother of a bastard child, as natural guardian, has a right to 
  the custody and control of such child, and is bound to maintain it. 2 Mass. 
  109; 12 Mass. 387, 433; 2 John. 375; 15 John. 208; 6 S. & R. 255; 1 Ashmead, 
  55. 
  
  

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