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.

Read more about Mother:  Etymology, Biological Mother, Non-biological Mother, Motherhood in Same-sex Relationships, Social Role, Heath and Safety Issues, Religious, Mother-offspring Conflict, Mothers in Art, Synonyms and Translations, Famous Motherhood Figures

Famous quotes containing the word mother:

    My mother read secondarily for information; she sank as a hedonist into novels. She read Dickens in the spirit in which she would have eloped with him.
    Eudora Welty (b. 1909)

    There was a young monk from Siberia
    Whose morals were very inferior.
    He did to a nun
    What he shouldn’t have done
    And now she’s a Mother Superior.
    Anonymous.

    Clara: I don’t think a mother should depend so much upon her children for her rewards in life.
    Mrs. Pilletti: Well, that’s what they teach you in New York University. It real life, it no work out like this.
    Paddy Chayefsky (1923–1981)