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(geology) A large or rich vein of gold or of another precious mineral from which other branches extend.
Probably from Spanish veta madre (“mother lode")
Another option is to look for the Mother Lode but finding a good bottle of wine is a lot easier.
The National Archives veterans records is the mother lode of military documentation for genealogists.
I typed in the name ' David Irving, ' and soon found a mother lode of material.
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