Definition of Mother lode

1. Noun. The main vein of ore in a deposit.

Exact synonyms: Champion Lode
Generic synonyms: Load, Lode



Definition of Mother lode

1. Noun. (geology) A large or rich vein of gold or of another precious mineral from which other branches extend. ¹

2. Noun. (idiomatic by extension) Any source of valuable or useful material. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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mother cell
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mother language
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mother lode (current term)
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Literary usage of Mother lode

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1. Index of Economic Material in Documents of the States of the United States by Adelaide Rosalia Hasse (1908)
"mother lode REGION 1890. Geology of the mother lode region; ... Geological map of mother lode belt in El Dorado Co. (13 same 1894/6. ..."

2. Marvels of the New West: A Vivid Portrayal of the Stupendous Marvels in the by William Makepeace Thayer (1887)
"THE mother lode. This Lode, much of which is covered by the Fremont grant, ... The chief peculiarities of the mother lode are its great length, ..."

3. Transactions of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and (1904)
"Is it not possible that the formation of more or less vegetable acid may have some effect ? Observations on Mother-Lode Gold-Deposits, California. ..."

4. The American Geologist by Newton Horace Winchell (1891)
"The term mother lode is used to designate a series of gold bearing veins, ... As far as can be learned the term "mother lode " was first applied to the ..."

5. Resources of the Pacific Slope: A Statistical and Descriptive Summary of the by John Ross Browne (1869)
"The quartz of the mother lode is usually hard and white; and in most of the pay chutes near one wall or the other, ribbon rock, or rock with numerous black ..."

6. California Mines and Minerals by California Miners' Association (1899)
"Last year there was a production of gold in thirty- one counties of California, and the mother lode only traverses five of them. The largest gold-producing ..."

7. Economic Geology: With Special Reference to the United States by Heinrich Ries (1910)
"The Pacific belt, excluding Alaska, supplies about 22 per cent of the total amount of gold produced, the famous mother lode region, mentioned later, ..."

8. Economic Geology: With Special Reference to the United States by Heinrich Ries (1910)
"The Pacific belt, excluding Alaska, supplies about 22 per cent of the total amount of gold produced, the famous mother lode region, mentioned later, ..."

9. Index of Economic Material in Documents of the States of the United States by Adelaide Rosalia Hasse (1908)
"mother lode REGION 1890. Geology of the mother lode region; ... Geological map of mother lode belt in El Dorado Co. (13 same 1894/6. ..."

10. Marvels of the New West: A Vivid Portrayal of the Stupendous Marvels in the by William Makepeace Thayer (1887)
"THE mother lode. This Lode, much of which is covered by the Fremont grant, ... The chief peculiarities of the mother lode are its great length, ..."

11. Transactions of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and (1904)
"Is it not possible that the formation of more or less vegetable acid may have some effect ? Observations on Mother-Lode Gold-Deposits, California. ..."

12. The American Geologist by Newton Horace Winchell (1891)
"The term mother lode is used to designate a series of gold bearing veins, ... As far as can be learned the term "mother lode " was first applied to the ..."

13. Resources of the Pacific Slope: A Statistical and Descriptive Summary of the by John Ross Browne (1869)
"The quartz of the mother lode is usually hard and white; and in most of the pay chutes near one wall or the other, ribbon rock, or rock with numerous black ..."

14. California Mines and Minerals by California Miners' Association (1899)
"Last year there was a production of gold in thirty- one counties of California, and the mother lode only traverses five of them. The largest gold-producing ..."

15. Economic Geology: With Special Reference to the United States by Heinrich Ries (1910)
"The Pacific belt, excluding Alaska, supplies about 22 per cent of the total amount of gold produced, the famous mother lode region, mentioned later, ..."

16. Economic Geology: With Special Reference to the United States by Heinrich Ries (1910)
"The Pacific belt, excluding Alaska, supplies about 22 per cent of the total amount of gold produced, the famous mother lode region, mentioned later, ..."

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