from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A woman who takes the place of the mother in suckling and bringing up a child; a nurse.

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  • n. a woman who is a foster parent and raises another's child


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  • But Rome is my foster-mother, and were I untrue to her, of little pride, of little worth would be my love for you.

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  • But even beyond that, it was more the people that I met later on in life that were such a great influence on me, like y foster-mother, Betsey Shirley.

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  • They were spiritual orphans then, not yet embracing, as foster-mother, the Catholic church.

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  • “We welcome you also, as a daughter is welcomed by her foster-mother, to the land where you received an American education,” he gushed.

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  • Oh, it seems to me we have often more cause to be grateful to a foster-mother than to our own mother.

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  • In Celtic mythology, the Lughnasadh festival is said to have been begun by the god Lugh, as a funeral feast and games commemorating his foster-mother, Tailtiu, who died of exhaustion after clearing the plains of Ireland for agriculture.

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  • Frances Mans, foster-mother of pupil Gweneth Mulder, said cellphones and e-mail correspondence were out of bounds during the week.

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  • Kepler, I think, it is who praises poverty as the foster-mother of genius; but Bernard Palissy was nearer the truth when he said: — Pauvret� emp阠he bons esprits de parvenir (poverty hinders fine minds from succeeding).

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  • My mother was a foster-mother, so she had somewhere around 300 children over the ages, but even that number strikes me as a minority.

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  • In some villages it is customary for the foster-mother of the bear to utter piercing wails while he is delivered to his murderers, and after he is slain to beat each one of them with a branch of a tree.

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