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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. the main vein of ore in a deposit;
[syn: mother lode, champion lode]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Lode \Lode\ (l[=o]d), n. [AS. l[=a]d way, journey, fr. l[imac][eth]an to go. See Lead to guide, and cf. Load a burden.] 1. A water course or way; a reach of water. [1913 Webster] Down that long, dark lode . . . he and his brother skated home in triumph. --C. Kingsley. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mining) A body of ore visibly separated from adjacent rock. [PJC] 3. Especially: (Mining) Any regular vein or course of valuable mineral, whether metallic or not. [1913 Webster] 4. Hence: A concentrated supply or source of something valuable. [PJC] mother lode a large concentrated source of mineral or other valuable thing, from which lesser sources have been derived; -- often used figuratively. The term may have been originally applied to real or imagined large deposits of gold from which smaller granules were washed downstream, there constituting a diluted source of gold, and hinting at the richer source from which they were derived; as, to hit the mother lode. [PJC]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

mother lode n 1: the main vein of ore in a deposit [syn: mother lode, champion lode]