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mother

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MOTHER, domestic relations. A woman who has borne a child.
     2. It is generally the duty of a mother to support her child, when she is left a widow, until he becomes of age, or is able to maintain himself; 8 Watts, R. 366; and even after he becomes of age, if he be chargeable to the public, she may, perhaps, in all the states, be compelled, when she has sufficient means, to support him. But when the child has property sufficient for his support, she is not, even during his minority, obliged to maintain him. 1 Bro. C. C. 387; 2 Mass. R. 415; 4 Miss. R. 97.
     3. When the father dies without leaving a testamentary guardian, at common law, the mother is entitled to be the guardian of the person and estate of the infant, until he arrives at fourteen years, when he is able to choose a guardian. Litt. sect. 123; 3 Co. 38; Co. Litt. 84 b; 2 Atk. 14; Com Dig. B, D, E; 7 Ves. 348. See 10 Mass. 135, 140; 15 Mass. 272; 4 Binn. 487; 4 Stew. & Part. 123; 2 Mass. 415; Harper, R. 9; 1 Root, R. 487.
     4. In Pennsylvania, the orphans' court will, in such case, appoint a guardian until the infant shall attain his fourteenth year. During the joint lives of the parents, (q.v.) the father (q.v.) is alone responsible for the support of the children; and has the only control over them, except when in special cases the mother is allowed to have possession of them. 1 P. A. Browne's Rep. 143; 5 Binn. R. 520; 2 Serg. & Rawle 174. Vide 4 Binn. R. 492, 494.
     5. The mother of a bastard child, as natural guardian, has a right to the custody and control of such child, and is bound to maintain it. 2 Mass. 109; 12 Mass. 387, 433; 2 John. 375; 15 John. 208; 6 S. & R. 255; 1 Ashmead, 55.

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Five round-cut white diamonds are joined by five heart-shaped rubies on a mother-of-pearl dial, framed on the interior and exterior of the rim by more rows of diamonds.
Worn close to the neck with a cocktail dress or longer for a more relaxed style, the length of the adjustable red gold necklace is adorned with an open snowcap pendant in mother-of-pearl set inside a gold circle.
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Saint Lucy's Eye is the mother-of-pearl cover of a winkle found along the French Riviera and carried as an amulet.
From seashell to mother-of-pearl, stingray to silver leaf, ebony to eggshell -- they know where to find it and, just as important, how to incorporate it into their home products in a highly skillful way.
Iridescent formula: miniscule particles of mother-of-pearl play with the light for intense, coloured radiance and a subtly metallic finish.
Tortoiseshell, mother-of-pearl, silver, and gold were the luxe materials often used to decorate these small boxes that might also be set with precious stones, their lids typically adorned with enamels or portraiture.
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