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 for mother wit
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mother \Moth"er\, a.
     Received by birth or from ancestors; native, natural; as,
     mother language; also acting the part, or having the place of
     a mother; producing others; originating.
     [1913 Webster]
           It is the mother falsehood from which all idolatry is
           derived.                                 --T. Arnold.
     [1913 Webster]
     Mother cell (Biol.), a cell which, by endogenous divisions,
        gives rise to other cells (daughter cells); a parent cell.
     Mother church, the original church; a church from which
        other churches have sprung; as, the mother church of a
     Mother country, the country of one's parents or ancestors;
        the country from which the people of a colony derive their
     Mother liquor (Chem.), the impure or complex residual
        solution which remains after the salts readily or
        regularly crystallizing have been removed.
     Mother queen, the mother of a reigning sovereign; a queen
     Mother tongue.
     (a) A language from which another language has had its
     (b) The language of one's native land; native tongue.
     Mother water. See Mother liquor (above).
     Mother wit, natural or native wit or intelligence.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  mother wit
      n 1: sound practical judgment; "Common sense is not so common";
           "he hasn't got the sense God gave little green apples";
           "fortunately she had the good sense to run away" [syn:
           common sense, good sense, gumption, horse sense,
           sense, mother wit]

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