Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Mon Feb 25 01:49:24 UTC 2008

Neither OED nor M-W has the figurative sense of "broodmare" as 'a woman
regarded chiefly or solely as a producer of children'. I'm familiar with
this usage, though I can't give citations for it, and a Google search is
swamped with literal uses. Can anyone else provide a cite?

What prompts my mention of this is the appearance of this sense in a
Wikipedia article (, with a
link to an article that has only the literal sense.

Mark Mandel

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