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

    Life Immovable Kostes Palamas
  • They also have communication with the motherland over the sea.

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

  • The love of his motherland is no longer the religion or even part of the religion of your young man.

    The Illustrious Prince E. Phillips Oppenheim
British Dictionary definitions for motherland

motherland

/ˈmʌðəˌlænd/
noun
1.
another word for fatherland
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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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