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A herd-mother (sometimes herd mother or herd leader) was the matriarch of a rancor herd on Dathomir. By the time of the New Republic, most rancor herds lived in symbiosis with the clans of Human warrior women known as the Witches of Dathomir.
One of the most remarkable sights on Dathomir came in the evening, when herd-mothers such as Tosh, whose herd was associated with the Singing Mountain Clan, would sit their children down around a campfire in the starlight, and recount the oral history of their ancestors.
- The Courtship of Princess Leia (First appearance)