Madre (n)

English translation: mother lode

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Spanish term or phrase:Madre
English translation:mother lode
Entered by: Kelly Bennett

21:45 Nov 28, 2006
Spanish to English translations [Non-PRO]
Science - Mining & Minerals / Gems / Petrology: Marble
Spanish term or phrase: Madre (n)
For a university assignment I have to find a documented term equivalent of the term "Madre" defined in Spanish as being "En el mármol, fractura de mayor tamaño que el pelo y generalmente rellenas".

Much searching has produced one reoccuring term: vein. I'm leaning towards "massive vein" defined as "veins that are homogenous and completely filled" as a translation but I'd be very grateful for feedback from anyone with any better ideas :o)

Thanks
Kelly Bennett
Spain
Local time: 16:20
mother lode
Explanation:
Mother Lode is a term associated with the mining of gold and refers to a principal vein or zone of veins of gold ore.

The typical first finds that start a "gold rush" are in streambeds. Knowledgeable miners in the past followed the occurrence of gold in rivers upstream to discover its source in the bedrock. This source was the "mother" of the gold in the river and so was dubbed the "Mother Lode". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother_Lode

The term is also used metaphorically to refer to the origin of something valuable.

Mother lode is used in mining actually, not much, indeed, but used. In Guanajuato, México, there is a vein named Veta Madre, which was the first one discovered in 1546, and still active ("The mother fo all veins", I usually say when I visit the place...) Hope it helps
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Enrique Espinosa
Local time: 09:20
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Gracias a todos por la ayuda :o)
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mother lode


Explanation:
Mother Lode is a term associated with the mining of gold and refers to a principal vein or zone of veins of gold ore.

The typical first finds that start a "gold rush" are in streambeds. Knowledgeable miners in the past followed the occurrence of gold in rivers upstream to discover its source in the bedrock. This source was the "mother" of the gold in the river and so was dubbed the "Mother Lode". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother_Lode

The term is also used metaphorically to refer to the origin of something valuable.

Mother lode is used in mining actually, not much, indeed, but used. In Guanajuato, México, there is a vein named Veta Madre, which was the first one discovered in 1546, and still active ("The mother fo all veins", I usually say when I visit the place...) Hope it helps

Enrique Espinosa
Local time: 09:20
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Gracias a todos por la ayuda :o)

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  silviantonia: Yo he oído y leído el término mother lode en muchas ocasiones/gracias, Enrique; es una mezcla de Silvia y Antonia, por la elisión
50 mins
  -> Muchas gracias, silviantonia! (bonito nombre...)

agree  sarahjeanne
13 hrs
  -> thanks, Sarah!
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