foster-mother

Definitions

  • The Foster Mother
    The Foster Mother
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n foster-mother a woman who is a foster parent and raises another's child
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n foster-mother A woman who takes the place of the mother in suckling and bringing up a child; a nurse.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Foster-mother one who suckles a child not her own
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. fóstrian, to nourish, fóstor, food.

Usage

In literature:

They had children out at foster there, and they told their mother that they should not come home that evening.
"The story of Burnt Njal" by Anonymous
We put them in the drying pen first, and then in the 'foster mother.
"The Luckiest Girl in the School" by Angela Brazil
The wilderness is a foster-mother that teacheth hard, strange paradoxes.
"Heralds of Empire" by Agnes C. Laut
Children of the same foster-mother are also not allowed to marry.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India" by R. V. Russell
Still the duty and affection she owed her kind foster-mother prompted her to hasten on.
"Won from the Waves" by W.H.G. Kingston
They must act as their foster-mothers, not as stepmothers.
"The New World of Islam" by Lothrop Stoddard
It is strange how faithfully I cling to that dusky foster-mother, the nation that adopted me.
"The Reckoning" by Robert W. Chambers
He boasted of his possessions to his foster-mother, and she was almost as proud of them as he was himself.
"Nancy McVeigh of the Monk Road" by R. Henry Mainer
It is her old foster-mother who is the confidante of her love.
"Characteristics of Women" by Anna Jameson
Especially he did not want to leave his dear foster mother.
"The Book of Stories for the Storyteller" by Fanny E. Coe
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In poetry:

ALL. They left their foster-mother,
The one was Ralph, our brother,
Our captain was the other,
A many years ago.
"HMS Pinafore: Act II" by William Schwenck Gilbert
BUT. In time each little waif
Forsook his foster-mother,
The well born babe was Ralph—
Your captain was the other!!!
"HMS Pinafore: Act II" by William Schwenck Gilbert
"The gudewife, my foster mother,
Unto whom I made me known
When I reached the Orchy, told me
How the rumour base had grown:
"Colhorn" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
The mother's child you fostered then
Salutes you now and bids you take
These little children of his pen
And love them for the author's sake.
"To Mary Field French" by Eugene Field
"I am but, my sweet, your foster-lover,
Knowing well when certain years are over
You vanish from me to another;
Yet I know, and love, like the foster-mother.
"The Poppy" by Francis Thompson
"Two little babes dwelt in their humble cot:
One was her own - the other only lent to her:
HER OWN SHE SLIGHTED. Tempted by a lot
Of gold and silver regularly sent to her,
She ministered unto the little other
In the capacity of foster-mother.
"The Baby's Vengeance" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

I am John's former foster mother.
Shirley, a former foster child and now a mother in Borough Park, Brooklyn, commented about foster care,'I was just a puppet on a string.
Skyler Bullocks' former foster mother talks to WSBT.
Lakewood Foster Mother Making A Difference In Young Lives.
Stacy Raynor always thought she might want to become a foster mother.
Ohio teen held in stabbing of foster mother .
A judge has ordered a $750,000 bond for an Ohio teenager accused of fatally stabbing her foster mother .
She is accused of killing foster mother Lisa Knoefel early Friday.
For foster mother , kids are her passion.
A foster mother can't cope.
Like many shouldering the burden of South Africa AIDS orphans, foster mother Olga Thimbela tearfully wonders if her goodwill in adding six extended family members to three children of her own was a mistake.
Personally, my puny mind can scarcely comprehend that such a thing even happens: that parents lose custody of their babies, and there are foster mother s take in the wee ones while their parents get straightened out.
Teen suspect in foster mother 's stabbing.
18-year-old suspect in foster mother 's stabbing death at Willoughby Hills home.
Ohio teen held in stabbing of foster mother.
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