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mother country

noun
     
Related topics: Nationality and Race
mother country [countable usually singular]
1SAN someone's mother country is the country where they or their family were born and to which they feel a very strong emotional connection, even if they are no longer living there [= motherland]
2 a powerful country that controls or used to control a less powerful country:
The bond between the mother country and her former colonies grew stronger.

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