mother lode

or moth·er·lode

[muhth-er-lohd]
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Origin of mother lode

First recorded in 1855–60
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Related Words for mother lode

bonanza, lode, Eldorado

Examples from the Web for mother lode

Historical Examples of mother lode

  • The day following his locating of the mother-lode, Pant worked feverishly.

    Panther Eye

    Roy J. Snell

  • His hopes of reaching the mother-lode of this mine vanished.

    Panther Eye

    Roy J. Snell

  • Everybody in the cavern smiled, and I daresay if the truth were known we had discovered the mother-lode of comedy.

    Caves of Terror

    Talbot Mundy


British Dictionary definitions for mother lode

mother lode

noun
  1. mining the principal lode in a system
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