Definitions

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  • n. A grandmother.
  • n. A mother-in-law.
  • n. A female ancestor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A grandmother.
  • n. A mother-in-law.

Etymologies

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From Middle English eldmoder, from Old English ealdmōdor ("grandmother"), equivalent to eld (“old”) +‎ mother. Cognate with Scots eldmoder, eldmother ("mother-in-law"), Old Frisian aldmōder, aldemōder ("grandmother").

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