mother lode

or moth·er·lode

[ muhth-er-lohd ]
/ ˈmʌð ərˌloʊd /


Mining. a rich or important lode.
a major or profitable source or supply: New York City is a mother lode of actors.

Nearby words

  1. mother hen,
  2. mother house,
  3. mother hubbard,
  4. mother language,
  5. mother liquor,
  6. mother nature,
  7. mother of,
  8. mother of coal,
  9. mother of god,
  10. mother of parliaments

Origin of mother lode

First recorded in 1855–60 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for mother lode

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

    Panther Eye|Roy J. Snell
  • The day following his locating of the mother-lode, Pant worked feverishly.

    Panther Eye|Roy J. Snell

British Dictionary definitions for mother lode

mother lode


mining the principal lode in a system
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