mother lode


: the principal vein or lode of a region
: a principal source or supply

Examples of mother lode in a Sentence

the university has long been a mother lode of athletic talent, with many alumni joining the rarefied ranks of the professionals
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Word History

First Known Use

1863, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of mother lode was in 1863

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“Mother lode.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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mother lode

: the main vein or deposit of an ore (as gold) in a region
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