from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In chem. and pharmacy, and in chemical industries, water which has contained dissolved substances, and which remains after a part or the whole of these substances has crystallized or has been precipitated in an amorphous condition. Also called mother-liquor, mother-lye, and mothers.
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The first Monera were formed in the sea by spontaneous generation, as crystals are formed in the mother-water.
-- This is one of the simple chemical bodies which was discovered in 1812 by M. Courtois, of Paris, a manufacturer of saltpetre, who found it in the mother-water of that salt.