mother lode

noun
|Updated on: 25 Jul 2018

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

  1. 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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Definition of mother lode for English Language Learners

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


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