Mother-hive definitions

A mother-hive of bees is 24 pence in value. — Arthur Wade-Evans, Welsh Medieval Law.

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A location similarly serving as the source of a group of people.

[John Whitman] came over in the True Love in 1640 to America and lived in Weymouth, Mass., which place became the mother-hive of the New Englanders of the name. — Walt Whitman, "Specimen Days"

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Alternative form of mother-hive.
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