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a language from which another language is descended; parent language.


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  • Motherless

    [muhth -er] /ˈmʌð ər/ noun 1. a female parent. 2. (often initial capital letter) one’s female parent. 3. a mother-in-law, stepmother, or adoptive mother. 4. a term of address for a female parent or a woman having or regarded as having the status, function, or authority of a female parent. 5. a term of familiar […]

  • Mother-liquor

    noun 1. the portion of a solution remaining after crystallization of its important component.

  • Mother-lode

    [muhth -er-lohd] /ˈmʌð ərˌloʊd/ noun 1. Mining. a rich or important lode. 2. a major or profitable source or supply: New York City is a mother lode of actors. noun 1. (mining) the principal lode in a system

  • Motherly

    [muhth -er-lee] /ˈmʌð ər li/ adjective 1. pertaining to, characteristic of, or befitting a ; maternal: motherly solicitude. 2. like a : to take a motherly interest in an orphan. adverb 3. in the manner of a . /ˈmʌðəlɪ/ adjective 1. of or resembling a mother, esp in warmth, or protectiveness adj. Old English modorlic […]

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