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Moederkerk, noun

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Also with small initial.
Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, moeder mother + kerk church.
Often in the noun phrases Dutch Reformed Moederkerk, Nederduits Gereformeerde Moederkerk. A name given to the oldest Dutch Reformed church (building) in a particular area.
c1970 Stellenbosch (brochure) 35In Drostdy Street is the D.R. Moederkerk (‘Mother Church’), consecrated in 1722 and therefore the second oldest surviving church building in the country.
1988 A. Campbell in Fair Lady 27 Apr. 93The funeral..is held in the Nederduitse Gereformeerde Moederkerk in George.
A name given to the oldest Dutch Reformed church (building) in a particular area.

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