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motherland

[muhth -er-land] /ˈmʌð ərˌlænd/
noun
1.
one's native land.
2.
the land of one's ancestors.
3.
a country considered as the origin or source of something.
Origin
1705-1715
1705-15; mother1 + land
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  • They affirm a nationality that the motherland tried its best to deny to them.
  • But its people are still mixed up about the motherland.
  • Some of the cash earmarked for elite universities is being used to lure scholars back to the motherland.
  • It is an illegal group without any legitimacy or qualification to engage talk with motherland government.
  • From then on, to defend the championship in my motherland has become an unshakable goal in my heart.
British Dictionary definitions for motherland

motherland

/ˈmʌðəˌlænd/
noun
1.
another word for fatherland
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Word Origin and History for motherland
n.

1711, from mother (n.1) + land (n.).

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