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foster-mother

noun

Definition of foster-mother

British : a device intended to foster young animals: such as
a : a completely enclosed movable heated house and attached run for starting young chicks without a hen
b : a many-nippled nursing bottle for feeding litters of puppies or pigs

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Origin and Etymology of foster-mother

foster mother (noun phrase) woman that feeds or brings up another's child, from Middle English foster moder, fostermoder, from Old English fōstormōdor; akin to Old Norse fōstrmōthir woman that feeds or brings up another's child; both from a prehistoric North Germanic-West Germanic compound whose first and second constituents respectively are represented by Old English fōstor food, feeding and by Old English mōdor mother


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foster-mother

transitive verb \ " \

Definition of foster-mother

: to serve as the mother of
  • foster-mother three little children
  • —Dorothy C. Fisher

Origin and Etymology of foster-mother

foster mother (noun phrase) woman that feeds or brings up another's child


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