mother lode

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mother lode the main vein of ore in a deposit
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Usage

In literature:

A quartz miner himself in his early youth, before coming to Alaska, he dreamed of finding the mother-lode.
"Burning Daylight" by Jack London
It was evident the Pioneers believed in the permanence of the gold deposits in the Mother Lode.
"A Tramp Through the Bret Harte Country" by Thomas Dykes Beasley
But I can bring up the grub, while you keep after that mother lode.
"Smoke Bellew" by Jack London
Most o' that Mother Lode the miners are lookin' for is sand now, thirteen hundred miles away in Norton Sound.
"The Magnetic North" by Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
Monsieur, it is the Mother Lode, it is the world's treasure-house!
"Jacqueline of Golden River" by H. M. Egbert
He had driven his pick into the mother lode of the world!
"Wolf Breed" by Jackson Gregory
I'm being laughed at by my friends," he continued, "because I'm searching for the mother lode.
"The Call of the Beaver Patrol" by V. T. Sherman
A line of towns marks the course of the Mother Lode for over a hundred miles.
"The Western United States" by Harold Wellman Fairbanks
They hoped in time to uncover the mother-lode.
"Panther Eye" by Roy J. Snell
Much less than a commercially valuable placer deposit in unconsolidated surface rocks may start a search for the mother lode.
"The Economic Aspect of Geology" by C. K. Leith
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In news:

Mother Lode News photo by Shelly Thorene.
Mother Lode News photo by Krysten Kellum.
A mother lode of absentee voters.
The Vanishing Mother Lode of Mazon Creek.
Frank Lloyd Wright mother lode in Illinois town.
Hit the mother lode in Oak Park.
'Mother Road' leads to mother lode of scenery.
Hail the Harbor's Mother Lode of Fun.
A Solar Mother Lode for Chile's Mines.
Conservationists uncover 'mother lode ' of gorillas in Africa.
Endangered Gorilla 'Mother Lode ' Uncovered in Republic of Congo.
UNCA prof tracks CTS mother lode .
The Next Mother Lode : Mars.
Mother Lode Gun Club Shoot Off.
Frank Lloyd Wright mother lode in Illinois town.
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