mother lode

noun

Definition of mother lode

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

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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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First Known Use of mother lode

1863, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Mother lode.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mother%20lode. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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mother lode

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mother lode

chiefly US : the place where the largest amount of gold, silver, etc., in a particular area can be found

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