earth mother


often capitalized E&M
: the earth viewed (as in primitive theology) as the divine source of terrestrial life
: an embodiment of the female principle of fertility : a nurturing maternal woman

Examples of earth mother in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Aztecs similarly viewed toads as a source of fertility, in the form of the earth mother goddess Tlaltecuhtli. Jane Recker, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 June 2022 Over her two-and-a-half-decade career in the fashion industry, Karen Elson’s work as a model has seen her transform into many things: an Old Hollywood vamp, a 1950s pin-up, an earth mother, a fairytale princess. Liam Hess, Vogue, 13 May 2022 One’s a fancy reporter known by all the waitstaff at Le Bilboquet, the other’s a philanthropic earth mother. Marshall Heyman, Vulture, 19 May 2021 But in that telepathic moment between the sisters, Serena was not tennis’s earth mother. New York Times, 14 Feb. 2021 Fast Facts: Hawai’i also contains Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, a name that honors Papahānaumoku and Wākea, the earth mother and the sky god. Tara Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Nov. 2020 An earth mother with an impenetrable aura of self-containment, she’s been deeply traumatized by her direct involvement in Perry’s death and her inability to share what happened with her husband and daughter. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 7 June 2019 Owned and operated by a warm, earth mother type named Rebecca Raspberry, who worked for 14 years at House of Ghandi, her father’s health food store in Chicago, Vibrations feels like equal parts lunch counter and social center. New York Times, 17 July 2019 The gods loom large throughout the story, from earth mother Asaka (charismatic Leslie Ivy) to Erzulie, goddess of love (kindly Natalie Oei). Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, 5 July 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of earth mother was in 1832

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“Earth mother.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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