mother hood

motherhood

[muhth-er-hood]
noun
1.
the state of being a mother; maternity.
2.
the qualities or spirit of a mother.
3.
mothers collectively.
adjective
4.
having or relating to an inherent worthiness, justness, or goodness that is obvious or unarguable: legislation pushed through on a motherhood basis.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English moderhed. See mother1, -hood

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motherhood (ˈmʌðəˌhʊd)
 
n
1.  the state of being a mother
2.  the qualities characteristic of a mother

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motherhood
1590s, from mother + -hood.
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