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Mother Shipton

/ˈʃɪptən/
noun
1.
a day-flying noctuid moth, Callistege mi, mottled brown in colour and named from a fancied resemblance between its darker marking and a haggish profile
Word Origin
named after Mother Shipton, a legendary prophetess in 15th-century Yorkshire
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  • It was certain that, in mother shipton's words, he "didn't say 'cards' once" during that evening.

    The Short-story William Patterson Atkinson
  • I think I can trace an acquaintance between him and mother shipton.

    Dr. Wortle's School Anthony Trollope
  • He dropped a warning to the Duchess and mother shipton, who of course knew the facts of their associate's defection.

    The Short-story William Patterson Atkinson
  • Yet that is not enough to dispel the faith in mother shipton's prediction.

  • mother shipton saw it, and from a remote pinnacle of her rocky fastness hurled in that direction a final malediction.

    The Short-story William Patterson Atkinson
  • I am not going to be turned from my purpose at this time of day by anything that mother shipton may say or do.

    Dr. Wortle's School Anthony Trollope
  • It was certain that, in mother shipton's words, he "didn't say cards once" during that evening.

  • One of these is the mother shipton, a very common insect that flies in June.

    Butterflies and Moths William S. Furneaux
  • Near by is the lovely little glen of Pynkinscleugh, concerning which mother shipton predicted strange things, as yet unrealised.

  • Meanwhile the door opens, and mother shipton, a frightful old witch, enters with a son very like herself.

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