|a ship providing facilities and supplies for a number of small vessels|
|Main Entry:||mother ship|
|Part of Speech:||n|
|Definition:||a larger spacecraft or watercraft which carries, controls, or launches smaller craft|
originally, a large ship used in whaling, but now, more broadly, any ship that is equipped to process marine catches for various consumer uses. It most commonly serves as the main ship in a fleet sent to waters a great distance from home port to catch, prepare, and store fish or whales for market.
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