A mother is the female parent of a child. Typically the term mother refers to a woman, a human female parent, unless otherwise stated. An example of a great, biblical mother is given in Proverbs 31. A well-known biblical mother is Mary, the mother of Jesus.
The Bible states that one must honor thy mother and thy father, meaning that individuals must respect their parents—a blessing of long life is offered to those who do this. The Old Testament law prescribed death as the punishment for cursing one's mother.