mother carey's goose


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Glutton \Glut"ton\, n. [OE. glotoun, glotun, F. glouton, fr. L.
   gluto, glutto. See Glut.]
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   1. One who eats voraciously, or to excess; a gormandizer.
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   2. Fig.: One who gluts himself.
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            Gluttons in murder, wanton to destroy. --Granville.
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   3. (Zool.) A carnivorous mammal (Gulo gulo formerly {Gulo
      luscus}), of the weasel family Mustelid[ae], about the
      size of a large badger; called also wolverine,
      wolverene and carcajou. It was formerly believed to be
      inordinately voracious, whence the name. It is a native of
      the northern parts of America, Europe, and Asia.
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   Glutton bird (Zool.), the giant fulmar ({Ossifraga
      gigantea}); -- called also Mother Carey's goose, and
      mollymawk.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Mother \Moth"er\ (m[u^][th]"[~e]r), n. [OE. moder, AS. m[=o]dor;
   akin to D. moeder, OS. m[=o]dar, G. mutter, OHG. muotar,
   Icel. m[=o][eth]ir, Dan. & Sw. moder, OSlav. mati, Russ.
   mate, Ir. & Gael. mathair, L. mater, Gr. mh`thr, Skr.
   m[=a]t[.r]; cf. Skr. m[=a] to measure. [root]268. Cf.
   Material, Matrix, Metropolis, Father.]
   1. A female parent; especially, one of the human race; a
      woman who has borne a child.
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   2. That which has produced or nurtured anything; source of
      birth or origin; generatrix.
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            Alas! poor country! . . . it can not
            Be called our mother, but our grave.  --Shak.
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            I behold . . . the solitary majesty of Crete, mother
            of a religion, it is said, that lived two thousand
            years.                                --Landor.
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   3. An old woman or matron. [Familiar]
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   4. The female superior or head of a religious house, as an
      abbess, etc.
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   5. Hysterical passion; hysteria. [Obs.] --Shak.
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   Mother Carey's chicken (Zool.), any one of several species
      of small petrels, as the stormy petrel ({Procellaria
      pelagica}), and Leach's petrel (Oceanodroma leucorhoa),
      both of the Atlantic, and Oceanodroma furcata of the
      North Pacific.

   Mother Carey's goose (Zool.), the giant fulmar of the
      Pacific. See Fulmar.

   Mother's mark (Med.), a congenital mark upon the body; a
      birthmark; a naevus.
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