parent par"ent (p[^a]r"ent or p[=a]r"ent; 277), n. [L. parens, -entis; akin to parere to bring forth; cf. Gr. porei^n to give, beget: cf. F. parent. Cf. {Part}.] 1. One who begets, or brings forth, offspring; a father or a mother. [1913 Webster]

Children, obey your parents in the Lord. --Eph. vi. 1. [1913 Webster]

2. That which produces; cause; source; author; begetter; as, idleness is the parent of vice. [1913 Webster]

Regular industry is the parent of sobriety. --Channing. [1913 Webster]

{Parent cell}. (Biol.) See {Mother cell}, under {Mother}, also {Cytula}.

{Parent nucleus} (Biol.), a nucleus which, in cell division, divides, and gives rise to two or more daughter nuclei. See {Karyokinesis}, and {Cell division}, under {Division}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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