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female parent, materfamilias, matriarch
biological mother, birth mother, foster mother, adoptive mother, stepmother, surrogate mother
informal ma, mam, mammy, old dear, old lady, old woman
British informal mum, mummy, mumsy
North American informal mom, mommy
British informal, dated mater
dated mama, mamma
Indian informal amma
rare progenitress, progenitrix
2‘it was time for the foal to be separated from its mother’
3‘the wish was mother of the deed’
source, origin, genesis, fount, fountainhead, inspiration, stimulus
1‘she mothered her husband, insisting he take cod liver oil’
look after, care for, take care of, nurture, nurse, protect, cherish, tend, raise, rear
pamper, coddle, cosset, baby, overprotect, overparent, fuss over, indulge, spoil
2‘she mothered an illegitimate daughter’
give birth to, have, deliver, bear, produce, bring forth
North American birth
archaic be brought to bed of
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