earth mother

noun, often capitalized E&M
|Updated on: 6 Jun 2018

Definition of earth mother

1 : the earth viewed (as in primitive theology) as the divine source of terrestrial life
2 : an embodiment of the female principle of fertility : a nurturing maternal woman

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First Known Use of earth mother

1832

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Definition of earth mother for English Language Learners

  • : a woman who takes care of other people and has qualities that are associated with being a mother in a traditional culture where people live in a simple and natural way


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