What is 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
    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:

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 ...
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 mother of Saint ...
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 ... 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 brought down three times ... he may be 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 ...
Parashurama - Genocide of The Brighu and The Sacred Calf
... 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 ... 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 ... women found not a single protector, my mother held me in one of her thighs ...

More definitions of "mother":

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

Famous quotes containing the word mother:

    Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
    Bible: Hebrew Psalms 51:5.

    The techniques of opening conversation are universal. I knew long ago and rediscovered that the best way to attract attention, help, and conversation is to be lost. A man who seeing his mother starving to death on a path kicks her in the stomach to clear the way, will cheerfully devote several hours of his time giving wrong directions to a total stranger who claims to be lost.
    John Steinbeck (1902–1968)

    What I would like to give my daughter is freedom. And this is something that must be given by example, not by exhortation. Freedom is a loose leash, a license to be different from your mother and still be loved. . . . Freedom is . . . not insisting that your daughter share your limitations. Freedom also means letting your daughter reject you when she needs to and come back when she needs to. Freedom is unconditional love.
    Erica Jong (20th century)