What is mother?

  • (noun): A condition that is the inspiration for an activity or situation.
    Example: "Necessity is the mother of invention"
    See also — Additional definitions below

Mother

A mother (or mum/mom) is a woman who has raised a child, given birth to a child, and/or supplied the ovum that united with a sperm which grew into a child. Because of the complexity and differences of a mother's social, cultural, and religious definitions and roles, it is challenging to specify a universally acceptable definition for the term. The male equivalent is a father.

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Some articles on mother:

Eithne - Medieval
... Ethniu, daughter of Balor and mother of Lug in Irish mythology Eithne, daughter of the king of Alba, wife of the High King Fiacha Finnfolaidh and mother of Tuathal Teachtmhar ...
Glauce
... husband and that, after her death, he married Periboea, mother of Ajax ... and was given to Ajax, by whom she became mother of Aeantides ... Glauce, mother, by Upis, of "the third" Artemis in Cicero's rationalized genealogy of the Greek gods ...
Parashurama - Genocide of The Brighu and The Sacred Calf
... experience While lying unborn, I heard the doleful cries of my mother and other women of the Bhrigu race who were then being exterminated by the Kshatriyas ... My mother and the other women of our race, each in an advanced state of pregnancy, and my father, while terribly alarmed, found not in all the worlds a ... Bhrigu women found not a single protector, my mother held me in one of her thighs ...
Mother's Day - International History and Tradition - Countries - Philippines
... Mother's day in the Philippines is celebrated every second Sunday of May ... A Filipino mother is called the "light of the household" around which all activities revolve ... Families treat mothers to lunch or dinner out, spend time with them in a park, shopping at the mall, watching movies, or giving her time to pamper herself ...
Erulus
... At birth, he was given three souls (animae) by his mother, the goddess Feronia, who also tripled his ability to defend himself by giving him three sets of arms ... I had dispatched to Hell with this right hand King Erulus, to whom Feronia, His mother, gave three lives at birth—a thing To chill the blood—three sets of arms to fight with, So that he had to ... based on the mythological figure Geryon, or given that his mother's cult is represented only sparsely in literary sources, he may belong to an archaic ...

More definitions of "mother":

  • (noun): A term of address for an elderly woman.
  • (noun): A stringy slimy substance consisting of yeast cells and bacteria; forms during fermentation and is added to cider or wine to produce vinegar.
  • (noun): A woman who has given birth to a child (also used as a term of address to your mother).
    Example: "The mother of three children"
    Synonyms: female parent

Famous quotes containing the word mother:

    I met with virgins seven,
    And one of them was Mary mild,
    Our Lord’s mother from heaven.
    Unknown. The Seven Virgins (l. 2–4)

    And Manuel embraced his mother and they laughed together: Délira’s laugh sounded surprisingly young; that was because she hadn’t really had the chance to make it heard; life was just not happy enough for that. No, she never had time to use it; she had kept it fresh as can be, like a birdsong in an old nest.
    Jacques Roumain (1907–1945)

    I never saw a fatter man; he’d have given my mother a stone or two and not felt the loss. Round as the “o” in rotund.
    Angela Carter (1940–1992)