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Mother Hubbard

[huhb-erd] /ˈhʌb ərd/
a full, loose gown, usually fitted at the shoulders, worn by women.
a character in a nursery rhyme. Unabridged
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Mother Hubbard

(sometimes not capitals) a woman's full-length unbelted dress
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C19: after Mother Hubbard, a character in a nursery rhyme
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Mother Hubbard

Old Mother Hubbard, nursery rhyme, was printed 1805, written by Sarah Catherine Martin (1768-1826) but based on earlier material of unknown origin (the name is attested from 1591).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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