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mother country

noun
1.
the country of one's birth or ancestry.
2.
the country of origin of settlers or colonists in a place.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90
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British Dictionary definitions for mother country

mother country

noun
1.
the original country of colonists or settlers
2.
another term for fatherland
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