Mother Carey's chicken
Mother Moth"er (m[u^][th]"[~e]r), n. [OE. moder, AS. m[=o]dor; akin to D. moeder, OS. m[=o]dar, G. mutter, OHG. muotar, Icel. m[=o][eth]ir, Dan. & Sw. moder, OSlav. mati, Russ. mate, Ir. & Gael. mathair, L. mater, Gr. mh`thr, Skr. m[=a]t[.r]; cf. Skr. m[=a] to measure. [root]268. Cf. {Material}, {Matrix}, {Metropolis}, {Father}.] 1. A female parent; especially, one of the human race; a woman who has borne a child. [1913 Webster]

2. That which has produced or nurtured anything; source of birth or origin; generatrix. [1913 Webster]

Alas! poor country! . . . it can not Be called our mother, but our grave. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

I behold . . . the solitary majesty of Crete, mother of a religion, it is said, that lived two thousand years. --Landor. [1913 Webster]

3. An old woman or matron. [Familiar] [1913 Webster]

4. The female superior or head of a religious house, as an abbess, etc. [1913 Webster]

5. Hysterical passion; hysteria. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Mother Carey's chicken} (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of small petrels, as the stormy petrel ({Procellaria pelagica}), and Leach's petrel ({Oceanodroma leucorhoa}), both of the Atlantic, and {Oceanodroma furcata} of the North Pacific.

{Mother Carey's goose} (Zo["o]l.), the giant fulmar of the Pacific. See {Fulmar}.

{Mother's mark} (Med.), a congenital mark upon the body; a birthmark; a n[ae]vus. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Synonyms:
(Procel laria pelagica)


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  • Mother Carey's chicken — [ker′ēz] n. [< ?] STORM PETREL …   English World dictionary

  • Mother Carey's chicken — noun medium sized storm petrel • Syn: ↑Mother Carey s hen, ↑Oceanites oceanicus • Hypernyms: ↑storm petrel • Member Holonyms: ↑Oceanites, ↑genus Oceanites …   Useful english dictionary

  • Mother Carey's chicken — Moth′er Car′ey s chick′en [[t]ˈkɛər iz[/t]] n. orn storm petrel • Etymology: 1760–70; orig. uncert …   From formal English to slang

  • Mother Carey's chicken — noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1767 storm petrel …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Mother Carey's chicken — /kair eez/ any of various small petrels, esp. the stormy petrel, Oceanites oceanicus. [1760 70; orig. uncert.] * * * …   Universalium

  • Mother Carey's chicken — noun The storm petrel …   Wiktionary

  • mother carey's chicken — storm petrel …   English contemporary dictionary

  • mother carey's chicken — Stormy petrel (Procel laria pelagica) …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • Mother Carey's chicken — /ˌmʌðə kɛəriz ˈtʃɪkən/ (say .mudhuh kairreez chikuhn) noun any of various storm petrels …   Australian English dictionary

  • Mother Carey's goose — Mother Moth er (m[u^][th] [ e]r), n. [OE. moder, AS. m[=o]dor; akin to D. moeder, OS. m[=o]dar, G. mutter, OHG. muotar, Icel. m[=o][eth]ir, Dan. & Sw. moder, OSlav. mati, Russ. mate, Ir. & Gael. mathair, L. mater, Gr. mh thr, Skr. m[=a]t[.r]; cf …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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