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earth mother

or Earth Mother

  1. the earth conceived of as the female principle of fertility and the source of all life.
  2. a female spirit or deity serving as a symbol of life or fertility.
  3. a sensuous, maternal woman.
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Origin of earth mother

First recorded in 1900–05
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Historical Examples

  • Demeter (from Ge-meter, earth-mother) was the daughter of Cronus and Rhea.

    Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome

    E.M. Berens

  • Two were blue like the sky and two dun-red like the flesh of the Earth-mother.

  • The earth itself they designated Pachacamama, or 'Earth-Mother'.

  • Wishing for that whereby thou hast being, I shall go forth from here prayerfully upon the trails of my earth-mother.

    Zui Fetiches

    Frank Hamilton Cushing

  • One of these names, Sirŏna, probably meant the long-lived one, and was applied to the earth-mother.

    Celtic Religion

    Edward Anwyl

British Dictionary definitions for earth-mother

earth mother

  1. (in various mythologies)
    1. a female goddess considered as the source of fertility and life
    2. the earth personified
  2. informal a sensual or fecund woman
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Word Origin and History for earth-mother


1904, folkloric spirit of the earth, conceived as sensual, maternal; a translation of German erdmutter.

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