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  • n. A human or other animal that provides some maternal care for the young born by another.
  • v. To provide maternal care for another animal's young.


allo- +‎ mother (Wiktionary)


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  • “Human beings evolved as cooperative breeders, says Dr. Hrdy, a reproductive strategy in which mothers are assisted by as-if mothers, or “allomothers,�? individuals of either sex who help care for and feed the young.�?

    The New York Times, In a Helpless Baby, the Roots of Our Social Glue, by Natalie Angier, March 2, 2009

    March 4, 2009