Taxonomy of meanings for 母:

  • 母 mǔ (OC: mɯʔ MC: məu) 莫厚切 上 廣韻:【父母老子注云母道也蒼頡篇云其中有兩㸃象人乳形豎通者即音無莫厚切十四 】
    • MOTHER
      • nfigurativethat from which something originates
      • nnon-human(animal) mother
      • nt(post-N)the mother of the contextually determinate N
      • ntpost-Nmother of N
      • vtoNattitudinaltreat as one's mother
      • n[post-N]one's own mother
    • figurative>SOURCE
      • nabfigurativeoccasionally metaphorical: source and origin
    • the principal of capital>ASSET
      • nmTang dynasty: the principal (ant. 子 "interest on that principal"
    • generalised>FEMALE
      • nadNfemale (monkey)
      • nadNN=humfemale
      • specific>OLD LADY
        • nold lady (compare fǔ 父 "old man")
        • grammaticalised>YOU
          • n[post-npro1.][post=npro2]you, my husband's mother; you my mother
    • technical term>NUMBER
      • nabmathematical termCHEMLA 2003: denominator of a fraction, e.g. the number two in the fraction 1/2. [Note that in Song times, and possibly before, another meaning of 母 became current: a "factor" of a number in the sense that the numbers 2 and 3 are factors of six.JIUZHANG 4.16: 開其母,報除。 "One extracts the root of the corresponding denominator, and divides in return.