earth mother

noun, often capitalized E&M

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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There are shrines at the summits of Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa and Haleakala, including those honoring the heavens, the earth mother and ancestors. Audrey Mcavoy, Fox News, "Hawaii has 5 other active volcanoes in addition to Kilauea," 31 May 2018 Pele is considered the Hawaiian fire goddess, and the daughter of Haumea, the earth mother. Hannah Wiley, USA TODAY, "Pele: Who is Hawaii's volcanic fire goddess?," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of earth mother

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of earth mother

: 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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