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mother ship

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  1. a vessel or craft that services others operating far from a home port or center.
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Origin of mother ship

First recorded in 1885–90
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parenthood, mothership

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British Dictionary definitions for mothership

mother ship

  1. a ship providing facilities and supplies for a number of small vessels
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Word Origin and History for mothership


also mother-ship, 1890, from mother (n.1) + ship (n.).

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