American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The main vein of ore in a region.
- n. An abundant or rich source: "the kind . . . who makes Boston the mother lode of advance men” ( David Nyhan).
- n. geology A large or rich vein of gold or of another precious mineral from which other branches extend.
- n. idiomatic, by extension Any source of valuable or useful material.
- n. the main vein of ore in a deposit
- Probably from Spanish veta madre ("mother lode") (Wiktionary)
“As torrential rains pelted wildfire-stripped hillsides and flooded highways, a team of scientists hunkered down at the California Institute of Technology to work on a "Frankenstorm" scenario -- a mother lode wintry blast that could potentially sock the Golden State.”
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