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motherland

[muhth -er-land] /ˈmʌð ərˌlænd/
noun
1.
one's native land.
2.
the land of one's ancestors.
3.
a country considered as the origin or source of something.
Origin of motherland
1705-1715
First recorded in 1705-15; mother1 + land
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  • The French army surrendered, and part of it was shipped back to the motherland.

    The False Chevalier William Douw Lighthall
  • Their passionate devotion to their faith is only rivalled by their passionate devotion to the motherland.

    My New Curate P.A. Sheehan
  • Every inch of our motherland regained is sweet and precious to us.

  • A crown is woven for our motherland: Is it life's laurels or the martyr's thorns?

    Life Immovable Kostes Palamas
  • It followed, of course, that the motherland was superior to her children overseas.

British Dictionary definitions for motherland

motherland

/ˈmʌðəˌlænd/
noun
1.
another word for fatherland
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for motherland
n.

1711, from mother (n.1) + land (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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