• To give birth to or produce (as its female parent) a child.
  • To treat as a mother would be expected to treat her child; to nurture.
  • To cause to contain mother.
  • To develop mother.


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  • From Middle English moder, from Old English mōdor, from Proto-Germanic *mōdēr, from Proto-Indo-European *méh₂tēr. Superseded non-native Middle English mere borrowed from Old French mere. mater.
  • From Middle English modren, from the noun (see above).
  • Ultimately from Proto-Germanic *muþraz, perhaps through intermediate Middle Dutch modder.
  • Coined from moth by analogy to mouser.

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