mother lode


Definition of mother lode

1 : the principal vein or lode of a region
2 : 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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First Known Use of mother lode

1863, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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8 May 2022

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“Mother lode.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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