What is mother?

  • (verb): Care for like a mother.
    Synonyms: fuss, overprotect
    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:

Parashurama - Genocide of The Brighu and The Sacred Calf
... a vivid childhood 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 ... 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 ...
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 ...
Glauce
... say that Telamon was her husband and that, after her death, he married Periboea, mother of Ajax ... by the Greeks 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 ...
Erulus
... 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 ... 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 brought down three times ... Vergil's 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 tradition to which no other reference ...
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 ...

More definitions of "mother":

  • (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 term of address for an elderly woman.
  • (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"

Famous quotes containing the word mother:

    I’ve been described as a tough and noisy woman, a prize fighter, a man-hater, you name it. They call me Battling Bella, Mother Courage, and a Jewish mother with more complaints than Portnoy. There are those who say I’m impatient, impetuous, uppity, rude, profane, brash, and overbearing. Whether I’m any of those things, or all of them, you can decide for yourself. But whatever I am —and this ought to be made very clear—I am a very serious woman.
    Bella Abzug (b. 1920)

    But how do I get to having to write a book?... It was a mother who bore me, not an inkwell!
    Robert Musil (1880–1942)

    Necessity may well be called the mother of invention—but calamity is the test of integrity.
    Samuel Richardson (1689–1761)