foremother

[ fawr-muhth-er, fohr- ]
/ ˈfɔrˌmʌð ər, ˈfoʊr- /

noun

a female ancestor.

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Origin of foremother

1575–85; fore- + mother1 on the model of forefather
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Example sentences from the Web for foremother

  • Some forefather of yours may have heard the song of the Over-Lord, perhaps from the lips of some foremother of mine.

    Stella Fregelius|H. Rider Haggard

British Dictionary definitions for foremother

foremother
/ (ˈfɔːˌmʌðə) /

noun

a female ancestor
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