What is mother?

  • (noun): A term of address for an elderly woman.
    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:

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 ... 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 be ... pure invention, 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 ...
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 ...
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 Eithne, the ...
Glauce
... Others say that Telamon was her 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 single protector ... Then when the Bhrigu women found not a single protector, my mother held me in one of her thighs ...

More definitions of "mother":

  • (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
  • (noun): A condition that is the inspiration for an activity or situation.
    Example: "Necessity is the mother of invention"
  • (noun): A stringy slimy substance consisting of yeast cells and bacteria; forms during fermentation and is added to cider or wine to produce vinegar.

Famous quotes containing the word mother:

    Much is made of the accelerating brutality of young people’s crimes, but rarely does our concern for dangerous children translate into concern for children in danger. We fail to make the connection between the use of force on children themselves, and violent antisocial behavior, or the connection between watching father batter mother and the child deducing a link between violence and masculinity.
    Letty Cottin Pogrebin (20th century)

    Mother and maiden
    Was never none but she;
    Well may such a lady
    Goddes mother be.
    —Unknown. I Sing of a Maiden (l. 17–20)

    We agree fully that the mother and unborn child demand special consideration. But so does the soldier and the man maimed in industry. Industrial conditions that are suitable for a stalwart, young, unmarried woman are certainly not equally suitable to the pregnant woman or the mother of young children. Yet “welfare” laws apply to all women alike. Such blanket legislation is as absurd as fixing industrial conditions for men on a basis of their all being wounded soldiers would be.
    National Woman’s Party, quoted in Everyone Was Brave. As, ch. 8, by William L. O’Neill (1969)