from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The nurturing and raising of a child or children by a mother.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A rural custom of visiting one's parents and giving them presents on Mid-Lent Sunday: supposed to be derived from the custom in former times of visiting the mother church on that day. Also called midlenting.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A rural custom in England, of visiting one's parents on Midlent Sunday, -- supposed to have been originally visiting the mother church to make offerings at the high altar.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Present participle of mother.
  • noun The nurturing of a child by its mother
  • noun The protective behaviour of a mother towards her child
  • noun Nurturing or protective behaviour reminiscent of that performed by a literal mother
  • noun obsolete Shortened form of a-mothering (obsolete); practice of visiting one's literal or figurative mother or mother church (compare Mothering Sunday)


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