a vessel or craft that services others operating far from a home port or center.
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- mother of parliaments,
- mother of pearl,
- mother of satan,
- mother of the chapel,
- mother of vinegar,
- mother shipton,
- mother spleenwort,
- mother superior,
- mother teresa,
- mother tongue
Origin of mother ship
First recorded in 1885–90
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Examples from the Web for mothership
Does the mothership of the earth have any real meaning to us?The Holy Earth|L. H. Bailey
Woman as she is everywhere where Christianity is not known, where the mothership of Mary is ignored.
a ship providing facilities and supplies for a number of small vessels
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