1. A female parent; especially, one of the human race; a woman who has borne a child.
2. That which has produced or nurtured anything; source of birth or origin; generatrix.
Alas! poor country! . . . it can not
Be called our mother, but our grave. --Shak.
I behold . . . the solitary majesty of Crete, mother of a religion, it is said, that lived two thousand years. --Landor.
3. An old woman or matron. [Familiar]
4. The female superior or head of a religious house, as an abbess, etc.
5. Hysterical passion; hysteria. [Obs.]
Mother Carey's chicken Zool., any one of several species of small petrels, as the stormy petrel (Procellaria pelagica), and Leach's petrel (Oceanodroma leucorhoa), both of the Atlantic, and Oceanodroma furcata of the North Pacific.
Mother Carey's goose Zool., the giant fulmar of the Pacific. See Fulmar.
Mother's mark Med., a congenital mark upon the body; a birthmark; a naevus.
1. One who eats voraciously, or to excess; a gormandizer.
2. Fig.: One who gluts himself.
Gluttons in murder, wanton to destroy. --Granville.
3. Zool. A carnivorous mammal (Gulo gulo formerly Gulo luscus), of the weasel family Mustelidæ, about the size of a large badger; called also wolverine, wolverene and carcajou. It was formerly believed to be inordinately voracious, whence the name. It is a native of the northern parts of America, Europe, and Asia.
Glutton bird Zool., the giant fulmar (Ossifraga gigantea); -- called also Mother Carey's goose, and mollymawk.