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1.a mother, Hom., etc.; of animals, a dam, id=Hom.; ἀπό or ἐκ μητρός from one's mother's womb, Pind., Aesch.
2.also of lands, μήτηρ μήλων, θηρῶν mother of flocks, of game, Il.; of Earth, γῆ πάντων μ. Hes.; γῆ μήτηρ Aesch.; γαῖα μῆτερ Eur.:—also Μάτηρ alone for Δημήτηρ, Hdt.
3.of one's native land, μᾶτερ ἐμά, Θήβα Pind., etc.
4.poet. as the source of events, μ. ἀέθλων, of Olympia, id=Pind.; night is the mother of day, Aesch.; the grape of wine, id=Aesch.

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